got ready to move with your entire force. Then break it up and remove the rolling
stock—or leave it for the enemy to do, just as might seem most advantageous.
If the Army of the Tennessee could support itself that way temporarily a great
advantage would be secured. The latest news from Richmond indicates the great-
est despondency—but the scoundrels are working like beavers and no doubt will
accomplish much towards filling up their ranks—and getting ready to give us a
hard tug for it in the spring. Every body seems to look to you for our future
success as for the past—no hope is entertained that the Army of the Potomac can
or will do much. It must be regenerated—and have a new commander. Smith is
the favorite and ought to be appointed. You cannot put yourself too decidedly on
the record in regard to that point, and the necessity of coöperation now! I am
getting along pretty well in my new position—and hope to introduce some good
reform, if not efficiency of service into the Bureau. What I want now is a few
honest cavalry officers, or civilians for horse inspectors. 11.500 horses were con-
tracted for, on the 30th Ult for you—They will be received at St. Louis, Indian-
apolis, Chicago, Columbus—and forwarded as you request per telegram. Give my
kindest regards to Mrs. Grant—Remember me kindly to Genl.s Rawlins & Smith,
and all the staff. I heard Hillyer was in town a few days ago but he didn't call
upon me. Hoping you wont find more in this letter than you wish to read," ALS,
USG 3. See letters to Elihu B. Washburne, Dec. 12, 1863; to Barnabas Burns,
Dec. 17, 1863. Regarding George Coolbaugh, brother of the prominent Chicago
banker William F. Coolbaugh, see James Harrison Wilson, Under the Old Flag
(New York and London, 1912), I, 236-37. Concerning his own nomination as
brig. gen., Wilson evidently quoted a letter from Capt. John M. Wilson, also
USMA 1860, on duty at the time in Memphis, Natchez, and Vicksburg.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville Ten. Jan.y 19th 1864,
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY,
WASHINGTON D. C.
I would respectfully suggest whether an abandonment of all
previously attempted lines to Richmond is not advisable, and in
line of these one be taken further South. I would suggest Raleigh
North Carolina as the objective point and Suffolk as the starting
point. Raleigh once secured I would make New Bern the base of
supplies until Wilmington is secured. A moving force of sixty
thousand men would probably be required to start on such an expedition. This force would not have to be increased unless Lee
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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: 39.
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