On Feb. 21, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas endorsed to USG a letter con- cerning horses requested by Governor Andrew Johnson of Tenn., requesting that the Dept. of the Cumberland have priority in receiving horses. Ibid., p. 436.
Nashville 11. A. M. 24th Feb. 1864
MAJOR GENERAL J. M SCHOFIELD
Should you discover by your movement on Strawberry Plains that the enemy has retreated eastward and is abandoning East Tennessee, push him as far as practicable with your whole force destroying effectually the railroads. Relieve Granger's troops to return to Chattanooga as soon as you ascertain the enemy is gone and cannot be overtaken by infantry. Shermans safety in Mississippi depends upon our efforts here. Thomas is moving with apparent success on Dalton.
U. S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 456.
On Feb. 23, 1864, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield telegraphed three times to USG, first at 5:30 P. M., then at 11:00 P. M. "I have not yet learned whether Longstreet has moved any more of his main force. I am building a bridge as rapidly as possible will take advantage of any move he may make as soon as possible" "I have information which I believe reliable that Longstreet has