January 7, 1864.
Commanding Second Cavalry Division, Pulaski:
The Fourth Regulars arrived with train this morning. Much obliged. Train will load with ammunition. The remainder of your ammunition will have to be left at Clifton, under guard of Major Murphy's command. Send for it as soon as you can. I will only take your Seventy-second Indiana, and return it as soon as possible. Send an energetic ordnance officer to Nashville, and get everything you need as rapidly as possible. I shall take Ingerton with me.
WM. SOOY SMITH,
Brigadier-General, Chief of Cavalry.
IN THE FIELD, HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY,
MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Savannah, Tenn., January 7, 1864.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,
Commanding Dept. of the Cumberland, Chattanooga, Tenn.:
Forrest having escaped into Mississippi, I will only take with me the Second, Third, and Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, the Fifth Kentucky, and Seventy-second Indiana Mounted Infantry. I would suggest that Crook go into winter quarters at Columbia, and prepare for the spring captain. I expect to reach Corinth to-morrow.
W. SOOY SMITH,
Brigadier General, Chief of Cavalry, Military Division of the Miss.
PULASKI, January 7, 1864.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Chief of Staff:
General Dodge says that the railroad will be completed between Nashville and Decatur by February 1. General Smith has gone to Corinth to see whether it will be necessary for me to cross the river.
I will start two regiments at once for Rossville.
CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, D. C., January 8, 1864.
Major General U. S. GRANT, Commanding, &c., Chattanooga, Tenn.:
GENERAL: From the inclosed coy of a letter of instructions to Major-General Steele, and from the published orders* issued by the Adjutant-General of the Army, you will learn that General Steele's command in the Department of Arkansas has been placed under your orders.
*See p. 33.