Nashville February 12th 1864
MAJ GENL GEO H THOMAS
Conversation with Genl Foster has undecided me as to the propriety of the contemplated move against Longstreet. Schofield telegraphs the same views. I will take the matter into consideration during the day after further talk with Foster and give you the conclusion arrived at. If decided that you do not go I will instruct Schofield to let Granger send off his veterans at once
Should you not be required to go into East Tennessee could you not make a formidable recconnoissance towards Dalton and if successful in driving the enemy out, occupy that place and complete the railroad up to it this winter
U. S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 373. On Feb. 12, 1864, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "I think an attack on Dalton would be successful if you will let me have the Div. of Logan's during the movement." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 373.
On Feb. 12, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "No monthly returns have been received from the Department of the Cumberland since this Military Division has been established. No tri-monthlies have been received since the 10th December. I am required to furnish consolidated returns and reports to Washington and must have them from Department Commanders" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. On the same day, Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Everything that can be done is being done to make up and forward the returns. The delay has been occasioned by the scattering of the troops, the discontinuing of the 20th and 21st Corps and the separating of the troops from their records. It has been impossible to get returns from the Cavalry for which we have been waiting. It is however promised tomorrow when I hope to forward the monthly for October." Copies, ibid., Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received.
Also on Feb. 12, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "There is an order in your Department prescriptive of one or more newspapers, and I believe also giving the vending of papers to a few persons. I would advise the revokation of such orders." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss.,