By Telegraph From Culpepper March 26th 10. P. M. 
To GENL SHERMAN NASHVILLE
AND COMMANDING OFFICER. MEMPHIS.
Forest should not be allowed to get out of the trap he has placed Himself in at Paducah. Send Grierson with all your Cavalry with orders to find and destroy him where ever found. If Genl Sherman has sent instructions they will govern.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Miscellaneous Papers; copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 155. On March 27, 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Scottsboro, Ala., telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch recd. I had already ordered Veach with five (5) Regiments who was at Paducah last night to hurry up the Tennessee and strike inland to intercept Forrest also that Grierson should follow and attack Forrest no matter what the odds. I have with Mc person [McPherson] been examining our bridges at Decatur & Larkins. Tonight I go to Chatanooga, and tomorrow to Knoxville. I will be at Nashville in three days with a full knowledge of all matters pertaining to this army." Telegram received, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 165.
On March 28, 4:00 P. M., Sherman, Chattanooga, telegraphed to USG. "I am here, all well, no change in the attitude of things since you left. I had made orders as to Forrest which if executed with rapidity & energy should result in the dispersion or distruction of his forces." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 171. On the same day, midnight, Sherman telegraphed to USG. "Forrest is reported to have crossed the Tennessee eastward at Eddysville. I do not believe it but I have ordered him to be pursued from all points and if true I have no doubt his force will be broken up and destroyed. I wish you would as soon as possible name the Generals and Staff Officers to be assigned to me. I can place them better now than at a later period. Gen Reynolds has notified me that he has a sixty days leave from the War Department of which he proposes to avail himself now and that he is willing to give up his corps. I would therefore ask that a new corps commander be appointed for the 4th Corps. I will go up to Knoxville tomorrow to see Genl Schofield after which I can complete the organization and distribution of the whole command. The Enemy to our front and up the Tennessee seems inactive and I have no apprehension of any movement into East Kentucky and as soon as our furloughed men are back will be ready to test them on their own ground Genl McPherson and I have inspected the whole line from Decatur to Chattanooga and have settled down to the conclusion that Decatur and Stevensonville are the true offensive