perhaps a part of Slocum's. Did you place Genl. Hovey in command of the District of Kentucky? If so, I think Genl. Johnson would like to exchange duties with him." Copies, ibid.; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 5. On the same day, Thomas wrote to USG. "Sometime last winter you mentioned in conversation that you would send General Hovey to report to me, and I think I saw it announced afterwards in the papers that he had been placed in command of the district of Indiana. My object in writing this is to propose an exchange of Genl R. W Johnson for him as from what you told me in the conversation alluded to I infered that Genl Hovey would prefer duty in the field to such duty as superintending the Recruiting service &c. I think Johnson would like to be placed on such duty. I have also received a proposition from a man (who from all I can learn of him) is reliable to burn the Bridge over the Etowah for thirty thousand dollars in Confederate money. I have but ten thousand but will be obliged if you will send me twenty thousand more if you have it. I think it will be well spent if we can get that bridge destroyed No further movements of the enemy observed to-day. I have received additional confirmation that the recognisance has brought back all the troops which had left Dalton. Mrs Dr. Gordan of Lafayette informs me that she saw two cars of wounded going south." ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 16th Army Corps. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 4.
By Telegraph from Nashville [Feb. 29] 1864
To GENL BURBRIDGE
I think all work by negroes upon Rail Roads in Ky ought to cease I have referred to the Dept commander to know what is being done and to order the revertion of the impending order if negroes are being employed at public expense to carry on the work. I refer your despatch to Genl Schofield 1
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. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 497-98. On Feb. 29, 1864, Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge telegraphed