Feb. 27, 1: 30 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "The Wisconsin regt is ordered to Nashville as requested. Others will be so ordered as fast as reported ready, unless you should wish otherwise. Much anxiety is felt here about Sherman's movements. We have nothing official since the 8th Rebel accounts represent his forces as far south as Quitman, but say nothing of any movement on Selma. It is reported that Johnston has ordered the evacuation of the part of Georgia north of Chattahoochee river." 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, 481.
Nashville 11.30 A. M. 27th February '64
MAJOR GENERAL G. H THOMAS
It is of the utmost importance that the enemy should be held in full belief that an advance into the heart of the south is intended until the fate of Sherman is fully known. The difficulties of supplies can be overcome by keeping your trains running between Chattanooga and your position. Take the depot teams at Chattanooga and Howards wagons. These can be replaced temporarily by yours returning. Veterans are returning daily. This will enable you to draw reenforcements constantly to your front. Can you not also take a Division of Howards Corps? Schofield is instructed to send Granger to you the moment it is to be safe without him.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 480. On Feb. 26, 1864, 7: 30 A. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, Tunnel Hill, telegraphed to USG. "I arrived here last night. Davis and Johnson occupy the pass at Buzzards Roost. They have a force equal to theirs in their front who outnumber them in artillery. It is not possible to carry this place by assault. Genl. Palmer made the attempt to turn yesterday with Baird's and Crufts Division but was met by an equal force, exclusive of their cavalry, and in an equally strong position as at Buzzards Roost—After expending nearly all his ammunition he retired during the night to Catoosa Platform. Our transportation is poor and limited, we are not able to carry more than sixty rounds per man— Artillery horses so poor that Palmer could bring but sixteen pieces. The country is stripped entirely of subsistence and forage. The enemy's cavalry is much su