The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 32, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc. Page: 96
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96 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA, [CHAP. XLIV.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, March 19, 1864.
General J. B. MCPHERSON,
MY DEAR GENERAL: It gives me great pleasure to send you your
commission as brigadier-general in the Regular Army. It has been
well earned and is well merited. You have my congratulations and
my best wishes that your future career may be as brilliant as the
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,
Knoxville, Tenn., March 20, 1864. (Received 24th.)
Maj. Gen. W. T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Division of the Mississippi, Nashville, Tenn. :
GENERAL: I have received your letter of the 18th, giving an out-
line of the plan of future operations so far as it concerns my com-
I will have, so far as it depends upon me, all preparations made to
fulfill the part of the plan assigned me. Indeed, to carry out the first
part of it, all I now want is the necessary force. The withdrawal
of the Ninth Corps has crippled me very much and renders it impos-
sible for me to do anything until I get more force. It appears to me
that time is very important in the plan adopted, for I have a good
deal of work to do before I can be ready to join the main army, and
it can be done now more easily and with le's force than would proba-
bly be required a month or more hence. Besides, if Longstreet can
be driven out of Tennessee soon the raid into Kentucky, for which
he now seems to be preparing, will be prevented. I now have the
Twenty-third Corps and two divisions of the Fourth. One of the
latter is guarding the railroad from this place to the Hiwassee. I
am informed six new regiments are ready to come here and are only
waiting for transportation, but have not learned where they are nor
when I may expect them. When they arrive my force in the field
will be about equal to that of the enemy. I ought to have the other
division of the Fourth Corps or an equal force to make success cer-
tain and speedy. Longstreet can readily be re-enforced from Vir-
ginia unless the Army of the Potomac prevents it. If he receives no
re-enforcements I may be strong enough without the other division
-of the Fourth Corps. My lack of cavalry and inability to support
more makes it the more necessary for me to be superior to the enemy
My main cavalry force is being remounted and equipped at Mount
Sterling, Ky., and will be available for service as soon as it can be
used to advantage. I have no infantry force in Kentucky which can
be made available for the movement from Northeast Kentucky.
General Grant informed me some time since that he expected 10,000
men soon, which he proposed to add to my command. A part of that
force might be used for the purpose named if I receive sufficient
re-enforcements here from other sources. I have some difficulty in
selecting a suitable officer for that command. If my suggestion rela-
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