Nashville February 29th 1864.
BRIG GENL W. S. SMITH COMDG CAV: EXP. MEMPHIS
CARE GEN REID COMDG POST, CAIRO ILLS.
Move out again immediately and push towards a junction with Sherman until you know he has struck a safe lodgement somewhere. If you hear of his arrival at Jackson Miss, or any point on Pearl River south of there, you may regard him as safe and return. Take as many men as can possibly go.
U. S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 500. On Feb. 28, 1864, Brig. Gen. Hugh T. Reid wrote to USG. "Genl. W. S. Smith, went as far South as West Point, Mississippi, at which point and at Okalona, had severe fights with forces of Forrest Chalmers & Roddy, fell back fighting to the Tallahatchie, and thence, without fighting to Memphis said to have taken three hundred prisoners, and to have destroyed much corn, cotton and Rail Road" Copy, DNA, RG 393, District of Columbus, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 492.
In the opening months of 1864, Brig. Gen. William Sooy Smith, chief of cav., Military Div. of the Miss., frequently communicated with USG and his staff, sometimes at great length. See ibid., 20, 22, 49, 75-76, 123-24, 326-27, 370; ibid., I, xxxii, part 1, 254. Smith's lengthy report of the Meridian expedition, printed ibid., pp. 254-60, was also addressed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Chief of Cav., Letters Sent.