from Cleveland to Dalton can be finished in a week provided we can get the necessary rails" 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, 489-90.
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 29th 1864.
To THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE ARMY,
WASHINGTON D. C
Enclosed herewithe please find communication, of date February 13th 1864. from the office of Commissary General of Subsistence. 1
In answer thereto I would respectfully state that from the time I assumed command of the "District of South East Missouri," in September 1861, to the 31st day of January 1864, I have ordered the commutation of rations for clerks (detailed men) at my Head Quarters. Under paragraph 1218 "Revised Army Regulations," 1861, I never doubted my authority when my Head Quarters were established in a City, and when in the field the reason for such an order seemed so much greater that I had no thought but the commutation would be allowed, and never having had one returned until within the last month, I had supposed my action was approved of. True, I had seen the "Regulations" sometime after their publication however, that commutation of rations would not be allowed at points where rations could be drawn, but this was not the ground for my action, it was the impracticability of their cooking them, their whole time being required in the discharge of their clerical duties. I am sure the business of my several commands and the good of the service has been greatly facilitated by the ordering of the commutations herein referred to.
In consideration of the facts here stated I would respectfully ask that such authority be granted me as will cover all orders for commutation of rations, that I have heretofore made, and save me