soon prepare for a spring campaign. The furloughing of so many troops has
greatly reduced our forces in the north, but I hope to send some more to General
Banks. There, however, is much difficulty and delay in obtaining transporta-
tion by sea. This makes it still more important that the navigation of the Mis-
sissippi should be well protected, and that Sherman & Steele should so operate
as to assist General Banks as much as possible. I leave it entirely to your judge-
ment to determine how, and to what extent, such assistance can be rendered."
LS, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Miscellaneous Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 122-23.
To Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas
Nashville 15th January 1864
MAJOR GENERAL G. H THOMAS
Can you not order Gen Paine to the command of a Brigade in
the front. He is entirely unfit to command a Post.
1 General Rousseau
2 will send you by mail some statements of, his administration
of affairs. If nothing better can be done I advise that you send a
Staff Officer to investigate fully and report upon his administration, and if then found advisable, I will relieve him.
U. S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the
Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I,
xxxii, part 2, 103. On Jan. 15, 1864, 1:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas
telegraphed to USG. "I do not think it advisable for Genl. Paine to come to the
front. His rank will entitle him to a Division, and if not placed in command according to rank I should have constant trouble with him. I think it better to have
his conduct enquired into and his position fixed according to deserts" Copy,
DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div.
of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 103.
Brig. Gen. Eleazer A. Paine then and later commanded the post of Gal-
latin, Tenn. See ibid., p. 268.
Lovell H. Rousseau, born in Ky. in 1818, moved to Ind. in 1840, where
he gained admission to the bar in 1841, served in the legislature (1844, 1845,
1847-49), and served as capt. during the Mexican War. He moved to Louisville,
Ky., in 1849 and continued his political activities, actively campaigning against
secession. Commissioned col., 3rd Ky., as of Sept. 9, 1861, he was appointed brig.
gen. as of Oct. 1, promoted to maj. gen. as of Oct. 8, 1862, and commanded the
District of Nashville in Jan., 1864.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 24.
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