Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. On the same day, Thomas telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "I have Issued no orders prescriptive of any news papers & have no objection to any papers being sold here—The present system of furnishing the army with news papers is the most satisfactory that has yet been tried here The person who sells them keeps a general assortment & is not permitted to sell for more than five cents except for periodicals & Pictorials" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Feb. 14, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "The orders alluded to were issued by Gen Rosecrans proscribing three or more papers circulated in the north. If I had reflecting I knew you had requested the selling of papers advantage for the soldiers. Rosecrans order has not been revoked." Copy, ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received.
On Feb. 12, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "A dispatch of yestarday from Adjutant General Thomas advises against granting of passes promiscuously for citizens to go to the front. No passes are given from these Head-Quarters except in meritorious cases, and where I would deem it a hardship to refuse or delay. I did give a pass to two men on a letter from Speaker Colfax, when probably the object was business; in all other cases I believe such persons have telegraphed to the front and obtained passes." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. On Feb. 11, Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas, Chattanooga, had telegraphed to USG. "The arrival of Civilians at this point Coming here for no other object than their self aggrandizement is the Cause of much Annoyance at these Head Quarters. I have therefore to urge that no permits be given to citizens to come to this place unless by permission of Maj Genl Thomas or to such as have sick or wounded relations in Hospital or in such instance as you may have a personal Knowledge of their wants" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., RG 94, Letters Sent by Gen. Thomas; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received.
On Feb. 12, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. "Col McCallum reports that protection papers prevent his getting timber necessary for railroad purposes, along the line of the road. Please telegraph orders instructing Commanders from here to Bridgeport not to interfere with Col McCallum' men taking such timber as he may deem necessary, giving receipts however, where protection has been extended." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; (dated Feb. 13) ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. See O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 385.
Nashville February 12th 64
MAJ GENL GEO H THOMAS
Logan with fifteen regiments is now on his way to Chattanooga.