force and followed south twenty five or thirty miles, then went East to Demapalis. Eight days ago, he was back at Meridian no doubt having [des]troyed Rail road connections with the State of Mississippi completely" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3,8.
On March 13, Brig. Gen. Hugh T. Reid, Cairo, telegraphed to Bowers. "Dispatch from Gen Grant to Gen. Sherman from Pittsburg yesterday forwarded to him last at Memphis where he now is." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On March 14, Reid telegraphed to USG. "Your dispatch of today rcvd Dispatch from Pittsburg to Genl Sherman rcvd on the twelfth (12) and forwarded to him same day at Memphis where he now is he will be here in a day or two & will be notified as you direct" Telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received; copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of Ky., District of Columbus, Telegrams Sent. On March 16, in a telegram to "Comdg Officer," Reid quoted USG's telegram of March 14. "Notify Gen Sherman on his arrival to proceed to Cincinnati & await me if He reaches Cairo before saturday" Telegram received, DLC-William T. Sherman. On March 16, Reid telegraphed to USG. "Genl Sherman arrived here at three this moning and left immedeatly on the train for Louisville to which place I have sent to him your dispatch, from Louisville as I did not see him." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Ky., District of Columbus, Telegrams Sent.
Nashville March 4th 1864
MAJ GENERAL G. H THOMAS
You will have to watch the movements of the enemy closely in front. Should Longstreet join Johnston they will likely attack your advance. At present most of Longstreets force is up Holston Valley I have directed Schofield to keep you advised of the movements of the enemy.
U S GRANT