War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0195 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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LEXINGTON, January 24, 1864.

Brigadier-General POTTER,

Chief of Staff:

I have done everything I could to have the troops under General Fry pushed forward to the front. General Fry is greatly to blame for the delay. He is man of no energy. General Boyle is also to blame.

Since the first of the month it has been impossible to procure supplies from Cincinnati, on account of the large quantity of ice in the Ohio. I have given the quartermaster's department orders to seize the ferry at Cincinnati, if necessary.

W. P. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, Tenn., January 24, 1864.

Colonel D. C. McCALLUM,

Chattanooga, Tenn.:

COLONEL: General Grant agrees with me in the opinion that it is of the greatest importance to place the railroad from here to Nashville in an efficient and safe condition at once. You will therefore distribute your force along the road so as to accomplish the work with the least possible delay; so arranging as not to interfere with the running of the road.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, January 24, 1864.

Brigadier General J. A. RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff:

Colonel McCallum has just left for Knoxville to ascertain the condition of that railroad, and make arrangements to push forward the work as fast as possible. He will return by first boat, when I will give him your order. The working parties for repairing the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad have been assign their positions and will be at work as soon as possible.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Lookout Valley, Tenn., January 24, 1864.

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Cumberland:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Special Orders, No. 23, dated January 23, 1864. It is my judgment that the division commanded by Brigadier-General Ward, now on the railroad between Christiana and Nashville, should be brought forward to relieve that