Nashville March 4th 1864.
BRIG GENERAL G M DODGE
The Tennessee is now up so that an attempt will be made to get steamers above Muscle Shoals. Should they succeed in getting up be prepared to convoy them. One steamer can be retained for your purposes, should they get above.
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 3, 18. On March 4, 1864, USG telegraphed to Rear Admiral David D. Porter, Mound City, Ill. "Captain Edwards reports the Tennessee up and rising so rapidly that he thinks boats may now be taken over Muscle Shoals" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Robert Allen, Louisville. "The Tennessee is high and rising. I have telegraphed Admiral Porter to try and run Muscle Shoals with the boats for the upper river" Copies, ibid. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 14.
On March 6, Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, Athens, Ala., telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "The Tennessee is rising rapidly a Regt. of mounted Infy. went to Florence to-day to come up with boats I think by tomorrow or next day boats can get over shoals troops are passing through Montgomery daily going to Atlanta" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 30.
On March 11, Dodge, Pulaski, Tenn., telegraphed to Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers. "Is there any necessity keeping troops at Florence any longer waiting for boats to go up over the Shoals? The River is now so low it will be impossible for them to get over until a heavy rise comes" Copies, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Left Wing, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received.
On March 8, Dodge, Decatur, Ala., telegraphed to Rawlins. "We occupied this place at daylight and we hold it" Copy, ibid. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 38. On March 11, Dodge telegraphed to Bowers. "After taking Decatur I pushed my forces out under Lt: Co'l. Phillips he captured Courtland driving the enemy out and followed them up crossing the the mountains captured Moulton. we took a number of Prisoners a large amount of stores and a large quantity of Artillery and rifle amunition also one hundred sacks of Salt Stock &c" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., 16th Army Corps, Left Wing, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 1, 492. On the same day, Bowers telegraphed the substance of this message to USG. Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).