the Tenn. Ibid., I, xxxii, part 3, 58; ibid., III, iv, 172; (incomplete) ibid., I, xxxiii, 669. See telegram to Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, March 17, 1864.
On March 9, M. J. McCrickett, asst. superintendent, military railroads, telegraphed to USG. "Your dispatch just received. A special car will be attached to the nine forty five (9.45) A M train as you direct. Can send you by special train at that time if you desire it. Please answer tonight." Telegram received (press), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). On March 10, USG wrote to Stanton. "I start in the 9.45 a m train for the Army of the Potomac. Will return to-morrow evening." ALS, ibid., RG 200, Stanton Papers.
Also on Thursday, March 10, Lincoln telegraphed to USG. "Mrs. L. invites yourself and Gen. Meade to dine with us Saturday evening—Please notify him, and answer whether you can be with us at that time." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). Lincoln, Works, VII, 235. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Lincoln. "Genl Meade and Myself accept your kind invitation to dine with Mrs Lincoln on saturday." Telegram received, DLC‐ Robert T. Lincoln; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). USG, however, later decided to return west and missed the dinner. New-York Tribune, March 14, 1864. On March 8, forty-eight prominent citizens of New York City, headed by William B. Astor, wrote to USG inviting him to be their guest "at some period during your stay at the East." DS, USG 3. USG answered the letter, probably on March 11. "In reply Gen. Grant says, while highly appreciating the kind tender of the hospitalities of the city, he will not be able to accept of them. 'My duties,' he adds, 'call me immediately to the West, for which I start by the most expeditious route this evening. For that part of your letter complimentary to myself, accept my thanks and receive my assurance that all in my power will be done that your expectations may be realized. The men and money you patriotically offer for the war are all that will be required to insure its early termination in the reëstablishment of the whole Union, stronger than it has ever been.'" New-York Tribune, March 14, 1864.
Washington, March 10th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. J M. SCHOFIELD COMDG. DEPT. OF OHIO
Prepare your team mules for pack animals so that you can, when the roads get sufficiently good, drive the enemy out of East Tennessee. It will not be necessary to bring your animals to the front, where feed is hard to procure, until you know, you want them.
The troops of which I wrote you, will be new Indiana troops.
U S GRANT