with fifteen thousand men from Johnston's army defeated Genl Seymour near Baldwin on the 20th inst." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 480.
On Feb. 26, Schofield telegraphed to USG. "My present impression is that Longstreet's main force has gone toward Virginia His cavalry and perhaps some Infantry having been sent to Georgia. He will doubtless leave a considerable force to defend the Salt Works, and can readily reinforce it from Virginia, unless the rebel Army there be occupied. If Genl. Meade can, at the proper time, occupy the attention of Lee's Army, I may be able to reach the Salt Works. I propose to go prepared to reach that place if possible At best it will exhaust all my resources and will be impossible without a diversion in Virginia—Please inform me what I may expect." Copies, DLC-John M. Schofield; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 472.
By Telegraph from Nashville [Feb. 26, ] 1864
To GEN BURBRIDGE
Forward all troops from Louisville bound for the front with all rapidity inform the railroad Managers, the road must be used to the full extent of its capacity putting on extra trains & Stopping the travel of citizens over the road for the time being, if necessary Cars may taken from the Louisville & Lexington Road for this purpose
U. S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Ky., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 34, 35. On Feb. 27, 1864, Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge, Louisville, twice telegraphed to USG. "Will forward by train today fifteen hundred troops. Can send forward as fast as troops can be assembled here. shall I send all troops belonging to. the Dept. of the Ohio to Nashville. Fourth Ky. Cavalry. hundred and fifty strong and sixth Ky. Cavalry five hundred strong are in Camp at Lexington Ky. waiting to be remounted. I have written to Maj. Gen'l Thomas this fact. Shall I order these two regts. to the front the eighteenth and twenty first Ky. Infantry will rendezvous and be ready for the field next week" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. "The R R can ship about five thousand troops per day if the cars are returned promptly from Nashville all troops will be sent forward as soon as the arrive" Telegram received, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Military Div. of the Miss.; copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of Ky., Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 486. On Feb. 27, Brig. Gen. Robert Allen, Louisville, telegraphed