HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, April 26, 1864
Respectfully referred to Lieutenant Colonel L. C. Easton, chief quartermaster, Department of the Cumberland, for the information requested by Brigadier General M. C. Meigs, Quartermaster-General.
This paper to be returned.
By command of Major-General Thomas:
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND, OFFICE CHIEF Q. M.,
Sugar Valley, Ga., May 13, 1864
Respectfully returned to Brigadier General W. D. Whipple, chief of staff.
The Army of the Cumberland has received from the 1st of November, 1863, to this date, 7,502 mules, and now require about 3,000 mules.
L. C. EASTON,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief Quartermaster.
LOUISVILLE, April 20, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Seven days ago I telegraphed the chief quartermaster at Saint Louis, by authority from Lieutenant-General Grant, to withdraw from the frontier transportation of the Missouri department 3,000 mules for your use. These mules will now be coming in and will be shipped to Nashville as fast as they arrive. I will strip the city teams here of all the good stock and will derive some 250 good mules and draft horses from this source. Every resource is brought in requisition to add to your transportation. If time were allowed it would be complete.
NASHVILLE, April 20, 1864
I wish you would be certain as to Longstreet's withdrawal, and in what state he has left the railroad from Bull's Gap to Abingdon. I don't intend to operate in that direction, and only want to be sure of the actual state of the railroad, bridges, &c., on our flank and rear when we do move.
W. T. SHERMAN,
KNOXVILLE,. April 20, 1864
My information is positive as to condition of the railroad. It is not injured above Greenville as far as Abingdon. I will send all