January 15, 1864
---Gen. Grant, after having inspected Foster’s position, and the nearly impossible situation in supplying Foster’s army, advises Gen. Halleck that no offensive can be made from Knoxville until later in the Spring. Grant also orders Gen. Sherman, now back in Mississippi, to organize an offensive against Joe Johnston and his small army in Meridian, Mississippi.
---Maj. Gen. John Parke, under orders from Gen. Foster, puts his troops on the road headed east toward Dandridge, Tennessee, closer to Longstreet’s Confederates. With Parke is Gen. Samuel Sturgis, commanding the Army of Ohio’s Cavalry Corps, with three small divisions of troopers.