damage you can to the Rail Road. Keep Genl. Thomas advised of the movement of the enemy during my absence.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DLC-John M. Schofield; copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 14. On March 4, 1864, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield telegraphed to USG. "I have no additional information of a positive character about Longstreets movements. His recent movements if any have been very slow and do not indicate an intention to abandon East Tenn. Possibly he may have sent away some of his Infantry since the 28th I am satisfied he had not previous to that time. The possession of the crossing at Strawberry Plains removes to a great extent the difficulty of advancing at this season. If I had the necessary force I could advance as soon as the R. R. bridge is completed with a fair prospect of ending the campaign in East Tenn. in a short time. The Division you proposed to send me would no doubt be sufficient. If practicable I think it should be sent at once" ALS (telegram sent), DLC-John M. Schofield; copies, ibid.; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 14.
On March 5, Schofield telegraphed to USG. "Since sending my despatch of yesterday I have learned that Genl. Thomas has returned to Chattanooga. If it is now practicable for him to send me the force necessary to drive Longstreet out of Tenn I think it may be done without delay. I will probably have the R. R. bridge at Strawberry Plains completed by the time his troops can reach that place We will then be able to supply our troops without serious difficulty." Copies, DLC-John M. Schofield; (2) DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 20. On March 7, Lt. Col. Cyrus B. Comstock, Cincinnati, telegraphed to Schofield. "Lieutenant General Grant directs me to say, that troops can not be spared from Chattanooga. That you should keep Longstreet as far up the valley as you can, destroying the railroad near him if he advances." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 32. On March 5, USG, Cave City, Tenn., had telegraphed to Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers. "Order Col Comstock to join me at Cincinnati or elsewhere as soon as possible" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Telegrams Received.
March 4th 1864.
The bill reviving the grade of Lieut. Gen. in the Army has become a law and my name has been sent to the Senate for the place. 1