NASHVILLE, October 13, 1864.
Major General J. M. SCHOFIELD:
The following extract from a dispatch received this p. m. from Major-General Halleck, Washington, I submit for your information and guidance:
WASHINGTON, October 13, 1864-12 m.
Schofield and Burbridge are ordered to send you everything that can be spared from Kentucky. Put yourself in communication with them in accordance with above.
I desire you to send me all the available force you can at once, and send me a report what troops I may look for from each. Please report receipt of this telegram with number of troops you can send.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General of Volunteers.
CLEVELAND, TENN., October 13, 1864.
I can raise about 3,000 mounted men in Kentucky to go to the front in a few days. Do you think they should come through East Tennessee or via Nashville. I have just received a dispatch from General Halleck directing me to send to Nashville all the troops that can be spared from Kentucky. I had ordered them to come this way.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
NASHVILLE, TENN., October 13, 1864-10. 30 p. m.
Major General J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Under the critical circumstances I think it will be better if you give the order for your cavalry to report to me at this place, when I can make such disposition of them as may be most necessary.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.
ATHENS, October 13, 1864.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:
Have just arrived and received your order to turn over the horses. Will do it in the morning. When may I except transportation? My command encamped from miles from here.
JAMES B. STEEDMAN,
NASHVILLE, October 13, 1864-11 p. m.
Pulaski or Athens:
Reports just received indicate that Hood, with his entire army, is demonstrating against Dalton, having already demanded its surrender. All troops from Cleveland, Tunnel Hill, Ringgold, and intermediate