By Telegraph from Nashville [Feb. ] 12th 186 4 P M
To MAJ GENL SCHOFIELD COMDG
You need not attempt the raid with the the cavalry you now have —If that in Ky can recruit up it may do hereafter to send it on such an expedition—I have asked so often for a cooperation movement from the troops in West Virginia that I hardly expect to see anything to help us from there—Genl Halleck says they have not got men enough—Crook however has gone there and may undertake to strike the road about need [New] river
U S GRANT M Genl
Telegram received, DLC-John M. Schofield; copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 374. On Feb. 11, 1864, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield had telegraphed to USG. "Gen.l Foster informed me that a raid upon Longstreet's rear had been projected, through North Carolina, but its execution was suspended until my arrival To make that raid now would use up all my effective cavalry horses and leave me destitute of cavalry. I think it would be better to organize the cavalry I know have here in Kentucky, and send it through Pound Gap upon Longstreets rear. If at the same time one could be made up the Kanawha Valley, and my force here be ready to move at the same time we might hope for complete success. Please inform me what you think should be and what can be done." Copies, DLC‐ John M. Schofield; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. Printed as sent at 10:00 A. M. in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 367.
On Feb. 12, 10:20 A. M., USG telegraphed to Schofield. "no movement will be made aganst Longstreet at present give your men and animals all the rest you can preparatory for early operations in the Spring. —furlough all the veterans you deem it prudent to let go" Telegram received, DLC-John M. Schofield; copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 374. On the same day, 11:30 A. M., Schofield telegraphed to USG. "If it is decided to advance from this point before the road will admit of wagon transportation I can organize a train of pack mules sufficient to supply the army from this place It will take until the first of march & perhaps longer to accomplish it Ten Thousand additional Infy will be sufficient without artillery unless Longstreet should receive reenforcements—He has recd none yet unless it be some cavalry from Georgia He has the Rail Road in runing order to Strawberry Plains His main force is still in the vicinity of Morristown His cavalry are foraging south of the French Broad. He shows no disposition to advance and I think is in no condition to do so." Telegram received (incomplete), DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies (incomplete), ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; DLC-John M. Schofield. Incomplete in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 374.