AL, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 238. The penciled signature is in the handwriting of a clerk. General Thomas had telegraphed Halleck on November 14, 1864, concerning the action near Russellville, Tennessee:
``The following despatch received from General [Jacob] Ammen, Knoxville, via Chattanooga:
`` `General [Alvan C.] Gillem was attacked above Morristown at 12 o'clock last night, routed, and lost his artillery, and is reported captured. Nearly 1,000 of his troops have arrived at Strawberry Plains. I sent some infantry to Morristown yesterday to support General Gillem; they were in the fight, and reported captured. . . . [John C.] Breckinridge is reported in command, with his forcePage 112 variously estimated at from 2,000 to 8,000 men'. . . .'' (OR, I, XLV, I, 876).
Thomas replied to LINCOLN's telegram on the same day:
``Gen Gillems force consisted of three regiments of Tennessee Cavalry, and one battery of six guns belonging to the Governors Guard, about fifteen hundred men.'' (DLC-RTL).