Halleck: “Major-General Sedgwick telegraphs that two brigades of Ewell’s corps have left for Johnston or Longstreet”

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.

Major-General GRANT,

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,

General-in-Chief.

 

I replied,

SAINT LOUIS, MO., January 28, 1864.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

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,

Major-General.

 

I also forwarded the warning to Gen. Thomas.

SAINT LOUIS, January 28, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

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.

GRANT.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 71-2

O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, p 244-5, 247

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