for the present, but no forage. Sherman will be through to Stevenson to morrow, and I will instruct him then to telegraph you just what will be required." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 134.
Chattanooga November 12th 1863
BRIG GENL W. S. SMITH CHF CAV. (GEN GRANTS STAFF)
On assuming the duties of Chief of Cavalry: you will acquaint yourself as soon possible with the organization, location and condition of the different Cavalry commands. You will endeavor to supply all deficiences in arms, equipments and horses at the earliest moment, and hold the Cavalry always ready for active service. As far as practicable horses should be obtained traversed by the Cavalry. Where taken from loyal oweners, vouchers should be given payable at once; where taken from persons whose status is not known, vouchers should be given (not transferable) payable on proof of loyalty, and where taken from persons of known disloyalty, simple receipts only will be given. These should show the standing of the parties from whom stock is taken. The object in giving receipts at all in the latter case—is, that there may be a system of accountability for all property taken, and that the Government may get the benefit of it‐
Department Commanders will locate the Cavalry of their respective commands, but general directions for foraging, disciplining &c. may be given by the Chief of Cavalry. Where an enemy makes his appearance, in any way threatening our lines of communication, Cavalry commanders should never wait orders to pursue, but should start at once simply reporting what they are doing. When the appearance of the enemy is in such numbers and in such