War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0019 Chapter XLVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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STRAWBERRY PLAINS, TENN.,

January 3, 1864.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS, Chattanooga:

Send forward clothing for this command as fast as it arrives at Chattanooga. If you have clothing on hand that can possibly be spared, send it forward and deduct the same amount from that coming forward for Foster. Troops here are in bad condition for clothing, and before making much advance must be supplied.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Mossy Creek, January 3, 1864-9 a.m.

General S. D. STURGIS,

General Parke's Headquarters, Strawberry Plains:

I have withdrawn McCook, forming line on east side of creek, with Foster on left picketing and patrolling road to Dyer's Ford. Wolford covers mouth of Chucky road and to Hagood's Gap. We can hold the above line against a greater force than was against us on 29th. I know of no better line east of the hills, about 1 or 2 miles west of New Market.

No indications of an advance by the enemy. Where is our infantry force?

W. L. ELLIOTT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

JANUARY 3, 1864.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Second Division, Fourth Army Corps:

GENERAL: General Granger did not go to Knoxville. He is at Strawberry Plains, and will meet General Grant there to-day. In haste.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. S. FULLERTON,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

COLUMBIA, TENN., January 3, 1864.

General CROOK,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division, Pulaski:

General Logan relieved your troops at Huntsville several days ago.

WM. SOOY SMITH,

Chief of Cavalry.

COLUMBIA, TENN., January 3, 1864.

Rear-Admiral DAVID D. PORTER, Mound City, Ill.:

A portion of my command should have reached Savannah yesterday. A brigade leaves here to-day, and will reach Savannah day after to-morrow. Please let your boats be held there to ferry us over upon our arrival.

WM. SOOY SMITH,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Cavalry.