Gen. Thomas is ready to move on Dalton. Gen. Schofield must be ready to take advantage of any shift by Longstreet to meet this advance. I wrote Schofield,
NASHVILLE, February 20, 1864.
Major General J. M. SCHOFIELD,
General Thomas was expected to move toward Dalton one week ago on Monday last at farthest. Rains prevented him. He will certainly move to-morrow.
Bear this in mind in the influence it will have on the enemy. Watch him closely, and if you can take any advantage of his movements do it. I do not think Longstreet should be allowed to quietly withdraw from Knoxville, nor to come up and invest the place without opposition. Cause him all the annoyance you can, either by demonstration or actual attack.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 146-7
O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, p 434