Nashville March 2d 1864.
MAJOR GENERAL G H THOMAS
I have just learned from what I believe to be reliable authority that Johnston has 37000 Infantry at and about Dalton Your movement no doubt had the effect to hold them there. I have directed Gen Allen to forward as rapidly as possible horses, mules and wagons. We must equip the best we can and do without what cannot be got. Reduce the transportation at all depots and rail‐ road stations to the lowest possible. Substitute poor animals for their fat ones. Dismount the Quartermasters orderlies and employees, infantry officers and all unauthorized persons at any stations, and take their horses to mount the Cavalry. There is a new strong Cavalry regiment here which I will send to Dodge, but which will be left as guard for the road between here and Decatur. 1
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. Printed as sent at 11:00 A. M. in O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 10-11.
By Telegraph from Nashville [March] 4th. 10 a m 1864
To MAJ GENL JNO M SCHOFIELD
Your force being inferior to that of Longstreet it will not be advisable to push him so as to bring on an engagement. take up all the ground eastward however as fast as you can without an unequal battle If you should be compelled to fall back do all the