Tuesday, April 12, 1864

Nashville, Tennessee

General Allen is coming from Louisville to confer on my supply problem and find a solution:

Office of the Chief Quartermaster, Louisville, April 12, 1864

General M. C. Meigs, Quartermaster-General, U.S. Army, Washington, D. C.


I will leave to-morrow morning to confer personally with General Sherman. The sovereign difficulty that General Sherman has to contend with is in getting supplies forward to the advanced depots. Up to the present moment, the rolling-stock on the roads leading out of Nashville has only been sufficient to transport the daily want. All the engines and cars to carry forward the surplus have yet to arrive from the East They are coming at the rate of about 15 per day; from 1,500 to 2,000 are required to do the work. The depots at Nashville are overstocked with provisions and forage.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. ALLEN, Brigadier-General and Quartermaster

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