dred men & one hundred & sixty mounted will order the mounted men to move out—The others as soon as horses can be obtained" Telegram received (dated Feb. 19), DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; (dated Feb. 18) ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent. Also on Feb. 18, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "Please direct Gen. Butterfield to report me in person without delay." Copy, ibid., Telegrams Received.
On Feb. 19, Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Asst. Surg Jacob Keller 6th Mo. Vol. Infty. arrived here yesterday from Dalton. He was captured at Lebanon Ala. when Genl. Logan sent out an expedition towards Rome. He reports Claborne's Division at Tunnel Hill—Stewarts between Tunnel Hill and Dalton— Walker two miles out from Dalton towards Spring Place. Cheatham at Dalton and Stevenson and Bates to the west of Dalton two miles. He saw all of the Camps and estimates their force between thirty and forty thousand. He moreover states that no troops have been sent away Except one Brigade of Infty. which went to Rome about the first of this month." Copies, ibid., Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 429.
Feb.y 17th 1864
Two letters from you, and a Valentine from Jess I suppose, are just rec'd. I am glad to hear your eyes are getting better. If you and Fred can travel I think you had better take a steamer direct for this place. The Spring Campaign will open probably in the early part of Apl. after which there is no assurance when we will meet again. The passage of the Lieut. Gen. Bill, if it does pass, may effect a change however in this respect. With such a change it might be necessary for me to pass from West to East occationally when of course we would meet. I do not want you to repeat what I say on this subject.
Lagow had received notice of the acceptance of his resignation. I wrote to him however a friendly letter. I will direct Orvil to send back the horse he has to Lagow and will write to him that I have no means of keeping him. In that case I will send you Hipa-drome and you can get a nice carriage for four persons. He drives beautifully and is big enough for two horses. My horse presented by citizens of Southern Ill. drives most elegantly and is gentle enough