Nashville March 15, 11.30 A. M '64
MAJOR GENERAL J. M SCHOFIELD
Six new regiments of infantry are ready to be sent to you as soon as transportation can be furnished. 1 Will you have them in Tennessee or in Kentucky and order troops forward from the latter State? There are also five regiments of Cavalry, all ready, except mounting, which you can have if you require them.
Send the 9th Corps without its transportation. 2
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 76. On March 15, 1864, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield, Morristown, Tenn., telegraphed to USG at 7:00 P. M. and 8:00 P. M. "The Ninth Corps will be sent at once as ordered—I hope troops will be sent me with as little delay as practicable The enemy is still in my immediate front in superior force" "I want the six infantry regiments here in Tennessee I do not want the Cavalry now because I can not forage it but would like to have it ordered to report to Brig Genl Sturgis at Mount Sterling Kentucky are the regiments new or old" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received; copies (the second misdated March 11), ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; DLC-John M. Schofield. O. R., I, lii, part 1, 533.
On March 17, Schofield telegraphed to USG. "The Ninth (9) Corps having been sent away I propose to furlough the remaining Veterans of Woods Division The number of men will be not more than fifteen hundred (1500) Please inform me whether you approve this proposition" Telegram received, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received; copy, DLC-John M. Schofield. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Schofield. "I approve of your furloughing veteran Volunteers as fast as they can be spared." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Ohio, Telegrams Received.