Telegraph in cipher the substance of the plan you adopt and send by mail copies of your orders.
Very respectfully, &c,
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35. On Feb. 15, 1864, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Your communication of the 13th by Genl. Elliott was received yesterday. Seven Regiments of Logan's force have arrived. Genl. Matthias reports that the remainder will reach here tomorrow. My plan was to place Matthias in reserve near Cleveland and march with Stanley's Division supported by two Brigades of Matthias on the road from Cleveland to Dalton and with the 14th. Army Corps take the direct road from here to Dalton, covering my advance and right flank with Cavalry. I have thought of the route you suggest, but find upon inquiry that the roads across the mountains are so difficult that they can hardly be considered practicable at this season of the year. I have been considerably embarrassed by having Genls. Stanley and Davis summoned before the McCook Court of Inquiry just at this time, but if it continues to rain through the day as it did all night I think nothing will be gained by starting just yet. In the mean time Stanley and Davis can get back, by Wednesday. Should the weather clear up however I will not wait. I intend to relieve as much of the Cavalry at Calhoun as I can with Infantry and send it (the Cavalry) towards Dalton, via Spring Place in cooperation with Stanleys force." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 395.
Nashville February 10th  1864.
MAJOR GENERAL GEO H THOMAS
The Provost Marshal at Tullahoma is advertising cotton for sale. This is in violation of law and orders, which require such property to be turned over to the Treasury Dep't
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies (misdated Feb. 10, 1864), DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; (dated Feb. 14) ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. On Feb. 14, Charles A. Fuller, Nashville,