respondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 45, 59, 94. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 2, 602. On March 18, 1864, 3:30 P. M., Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to USG. "This Department will not transfer troops from General Steeles Command unless at your request." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
On March 11, Brig. Gen. John M. Thayer, Fort Smith, Ark., telegraphed to USG. "Gen'ls Curtis & Blunt are making an effort to have the Western tier of Counties of Arkansas set off to the Dept. of Kansas. If they should succeed it would take away all the old troops of the Country which are now in Dept. of Ark. If they can't get the tier of counties they will try to get the tier of Counties they will try to get a part of the troops. I would respectfully ask that you would advise the War Dept. against any such changes. Please excuse me for sending dispatch to you directly" Copy, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 2, 566. See ibid., pp. 576, 617-18, 621, 631-32, 751.
March 14 1864 8 P M
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
All is quiet on this front. Schofield telegraphs from Morristown that he is running cars to that place—The enemy occupy Bulls Gap in some force They have certainly sent a division of Cavalry into Georgia and a division of Infantry into Virginia
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence ; DLC-USG, V, 40, 45, 59, 94; DLC-John M. Schofield. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 66. On March 12, 1864, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, Morristown, Tenn., telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas and to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "I have the bridge at Strawberry Plains completed & the cars running to this place My troops are much improved in condition & effective strength. The enemy occupies Bull's Gap & Lick Creek in some force. Longstreet has certainly sent a Division of Cavalry to Georgia & some Infantry to Virginia. How