Nashville 6. P. M. 27th February 1864.
BRIG GENL W. D. WHIPPLE CHIEF OF STAFF TO
MAJ GEN G. H THOMAS
Information has reached Washington that orders have been given for Johnston's Army to fall back. General Thomas should watch any such move, and follow it up closely. Cant you draw teams from Bridgeport and Stevenson to send supplies to the front? They have teams in great numbers at those places—Every energy should be exerted to get supplies and reenforcements, forward. Troops will leave here at the rate of two or three thousand a day for the front. 1 Many of them go to Chattanooga
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, 481-82. William D. Whipple of N. Y., USMA 1851, was appointed brig. gen. as of July 17, 1863. On Oct. 27, Whipple, Cincinnati, telegraphed to USG. "I am ordered by the Genl in chief to report to you for assignment have you any orders for me at this point shall I report to you in person." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Ohio; telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Oct. 27, 5:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Whipple. "Report here to Major General Thomas for duty." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. Whipple was assigned as adjt., Army of the Cumberland, Nov. 12, and chief of staff, Dec. 5. On June 10, 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Acworth, Ga., telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Genl Thomas asks me to telegraph to you and Genl Grant to solicit your influence to procure the confirmation by the Senate of Brig Genl W D Whipple who is acting in the capacity of Thomas' Chf of Staff—I send by mail today Thomas' letter to me which recites the services of Genl Whipple far better than I could do" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). The letter from Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas is ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 1500W 1862. On Feb. 27, Whipple had telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "The following dispatches were rec'd yesterday Gen Thomas is absent at the front. As you from your position in Nashville can judge best as to whether the 12th regt Colored troops is needed most at Nashville or on the Northwestern railroad I submit the following dispatches for your orders in the case" Telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Re