NASHVILLE, March 16, 1864.
General Parke is ordered to reported to you in person immediately.
U. S. GRANT,
NASHVILLE, March 16, 1864-7 p. m.
Major General G. H. THOMAS,
Commanding Department of the Cumberland, Chattanooga:
From your dispatch of yesterday, and also from one from General Logan, it looks as through the enemy was preparing for a move against our line of communications east of Chattanooga, and it may be west of there also.
You will therefore, if you have not already done so, place heavy guards upon the important railroad brigades both east and west of Chattanooga, so that they cannot, without a severe battle, destroy them. This should be attended to without delay.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,
Morristown, March 16, 1864.
Colonel [THADDEUS FOOTE],
Commanding Tenth Michigan Cavalry, Mossy Creek:
COLONEL: The commanding general directs that you move from Mossy Creek to-morrow morning at daybreak, but the road to Mouth of Chucky, till you reach the Dandridge and Bull's Gap road. From that point make reconnaissance to the Mouth of Chucky, if possible, then take the Dandridge and Bull's Gap road to Springvale, where you will find Colonel Klein, commanding cavalry in that direction, and after joining Colonel Klein report for further orders. Let your train come to this place.
Very respectfully, &c.,
J. D. COX,
Brigadier-General, Acting Chief of Staff.
CAVE CITY, March 16, 1864.
Colonel C. S. HANSON,
Send courier immediately to Colonel Weatherford, at Marrowbone of Burkesville, and give the information about Hamilton's attack, with instruction that sufficient force move immediately in pursuit of rebel force. Send copy of this dispatch to the commanding officer of troops in vicinity of Burkesville, who will obey it immediately. You can send all the information you have in regard to the matter.
E. H. HOBSON,