NEW ORLEANS, LA., February 11, 1865-1 p. m. (Received 1.35 a. m. 17th.)
Brevet Major-General MEIGS,
It is exceedingly important that at least one-half of the hay required for this command should be sent by sea to Mobile Bay.
E. R. S. CANBY,
NASHVILLE, TENN., February 12, 1865-8 p. m. (Received 11.45 p. m. 13th.)
I received your communication* at the hands of Lieutenant-Colonel Dnet, and am making best progress possible to furnish the force of cavalry to General Stoneman. I need, however, about 1,000 horses to fit him out, and which, when done, will make his outfit adds complete as has ever been furnished to any officer. I am hoping to get them immediately, and when received there will be no further delay in General Stoneman's starting out.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
NASHVILLE, TENN., February 12, 1865-8 p. . (Received 11.45 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Washington, D. C.:
I have orders from General Grant to furnish an outfit of about 3,00 cavalry for General Stoneman, and to do this I shall require about 1,000 horses, which I would respectfully request you will give instructions to Major W. P.l Chambliss, inspector of cavalry at Louisville, to furnish me immediately.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
LOUISVILLE, February 12,1 865.
Major General G. H. THOMAS:
Your dispatch of the 9th answered as soon as received. I have on hand 300 horses, daily receipts being small owing to orders from the War Department sending the horses to General Canby. Will telegraph to Washington to see if shipments to this place can be now resumed. If they can, will receive about 300 horses per day. As now situated, from 100 to 200 per week is the extent of my capacity to supply.
W. P. CHAMBLISS,
NASHVILLE, February 12, 1865.
Major W. P. CHAMBLISS,
Inspector of Cavalry:
Your telegram of this day is received. I have received orders form Lieutenant-General Grant to equip a force of about 3,000 cavalry for
*See Grant to Thomas, January 31, p. 616.