HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, D. C., March 6, 1865.
COLONEL: The chief of staff requests that you inform him how many troops have been forwarded to Major-General Thomas since January 1, 1865. Your reports of the new organizations which have been forwarded have been received, but the number of troops was not stated.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. C. KELTON,
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
March 6, 1865.
Respectfully returned. The troops forwarded General Thomas are as follows:
Infantry 706 18,458
Artillery, heavy 40 1,129
Total 746 19,587
Drafted and substitutes - 916
Volunteers - 414
Total - 1,330
Grand total 746 20,917
The number for new organizations is taken from telegram reports to date; for old, from tri-monthly reports, to include February 20.
THOMAS. M. VINCENT,
CHATTANOOGA, March 6, 1865.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:
I have finished my inspection. Shall I wait for you here or return directly to Nashville? Return, inspecting fortified places on the railroad lines, or go to Knoxville?
Z. B. TOWER,
NASHVILLE, TENN., March 6, 1865.
As I am unable to say when I can start for Knoxville, you had better return to Nashville, inspecting fortifications along the road as you come on.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.
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