your promotion to the distinguished rank of Lieut. General—No man in this broad land feels more joy in your prosperity or a more sincere desire for yourwell-being and happiness—It is perhaps wrong that I should claim even so much of your time—as is necessary to read this letter—when matters of moment so much more essential demand your attention—but I hope that this may fall into your hand at some juncture when it will not interfere with duty—From the day when I parted with you at Youngs Point last March I have watched your path with intense interest—& again & again have wished that I could have remained with you—As long as I live I know that I will look back, upon the months which I spent at your Head Quarters with pleasure & pride ... The strangest thing on earth to my mind is the pertinacity of the President in his endeavour to make a great man of McClernand—McClernand said—(I am told) in a speech in Chicago that Generals like poets—were born not made—I am sure he will have to be 'born again' before he will ever be a General worth shooting—My highest regards if you please to Gen Rawlins, Col Bowers & others of the old family—I will never forget Rawlins old toast of the 'Army of the Tennessee'—that it was. 'wedded to victory' &c—I would be very glad to hear from you under your own hand—but occupied as you are, I ought not & will not ask it—" ALS, USG 3.
Nashville March 16th 64. 7. P. M.
MAJOR GENERAL G. H THOMAS
From your despatch of yestarday 1 and also one from Genl Logan, 2 it looks as though the enemy was preparing for a move against our line of communication east of Chattanooga and it may be west of there also. You will therefore if you have not already done so, place heavy guards upon the important railroad bridges both East and West of Chattanooga, so that they cannot without a severe battle destroy them. This should be attended to without delay.
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; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O.R., I, xxxii, part 3, 80. On March 16, 1864, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas twice telegraphed to USG, first at 10:30 P. M. "Your dispatch of 7 P M Rec'd. I think the Disposition I have made are such as will meet any emergency that will arise of the kind you mention." "The following despatch from one of my most reliable scouts 'Tuesday A. M. Just from Dalton total force of enemy forty five thousand (45000) Hoods Corps four (4)