Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; (datelined 10:30 A. M. ) ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 458-59. On Feb. 24, 1864, 4: 00 A. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Reports from the front just recd. our skirmishers engaged the enemy for some four miles & drove them through tunnel hill on Doubl Quick a mile beyond town they formed & brought up a Battery of artillery Col Long went within three & one half miles of Dalton & Drove a regiment of Infantry out of winter Quarters our main force encamped within 3 miles of tunell hill last night & will be on the Road Dalton tomorrow night" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 458. On the same day, 9:00 P. M., Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Despatch from Tunnel Hill 4. P. M. says—We have just gained possession of Tunnel Hill Pass. Small loss. Dispatch from Col. McCook of Elliott's Cavalry reports having captured near Murphy N. C. five commissioned officers and sixty three men and burned five wagons. Fifteen of Thomas' North Carolina Indians came in and surrendered themselves to Col. McCook on the 22d. Your dispatch of 10 30 a. m. was not received until 5.30 P. M. I have ordered the enemy to be pushed as you directed and shall start for the front in the morning." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 459.
Feby 25th 1864. 1. P. M
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF.
On the 23rd Genl Schofield telegraphed that he had good reason to believe Longstreet was leaving East Tennessee He started immediately in pursuit since which I have heard nothing further from him. Gen Thomas force left Chattanooga last monday to demonstrate against Dalton to prevent forces being sent from there against Genl. Sherman—Our troops have Tunnel Hill some prisoners wagons, &c have been captured from the enemy
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 462-63. On