I received the following report of possible reinforcements for Gen. Longstreet or Gen. Johnston, who has replaced Bragg.
WASHINGTON, January 28, 1864-1.24 p. m.
Saint Louis, Mo.:
Major-General Sedgwick telegraphs that two brigades of Ewell’s corps have left for Johnston or Longstreet, one on the 20th and one on the 25th. Assistant Adjutant-General Anderson telegraphs from Lexington of an expected raid by Morgan through Stone or Sounding Gap, into Kentucky.
H. W. HALLECK,
SAINT LOUIS, MO., January 28, 1864.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Before leaving Chattanooga I directed one division to move between the Chickamauga and the Hiwassee to cover the river, and to be on the road if it should prove necessary to re-enforce Foster. Thomas was to make a demonstration toward Dalton at the same time. These moves may induce the enemy to re-enforce Johnston, as his army is rapidly dissolving by desertion. I also made arrangements for pushing though to Knoxville as many rations as possible, to support re-enforcements if they should have to go. A cavalry raid in the direction named in your telegraph is almost impossible with the present state of the roads. Fearing it might be attempted, however, I directed General Ammen, before I left Tennessee, to watch closely, and to call the Kentucky forces to meet it if attempted.
U. S. GRANT,
I also forwarded the warning to Gen. Thomas.
SAINT LOUIS, January 28, 1864.
General Halleck telegraphs that one brigade left Ewell’s corps on the 17th and one on the 20th, to re-enforce Longstreet or Joe Johnston. If the former, the moves indicated before I left should commence as soon as possible.
Telegraph any information you have and what you are doing.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 71-2
O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, p 244-5, 247