I received a telegram from Gen. Thomas in Nashville.
Nashville, May 4, 1865-10 p. m.
Do you think it advisable to repair the railroad to Atlanta? It may prove useful in holding control over the country.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
It is my sincere hope that we will not need to maintain a large body of troops to maintain order in the South. I wrote him,
PHILADELPHIA, May 5, 1865-3 p.m.
Major General G. H. THOMAS,
There is no use attempting to rebuild the road to Atlanta. A much cheaper and easier way for supplying the country where General Wilson is can be found from the sea-coast. It may not be necessary for us to keep troops in the interior.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 10
O.R., I, xlix, part 2, p 597,613