Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 334. On Feb. 7, 1864, 12:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "There has been no movement on Mobile, unless made by Genl Sherman." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence ; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 348.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville Ten. Feb.y 6th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF, WASHINGTON,
Feeling satisfied that there was much useless extravigance in the Quartermaster's Dept. and having some cases reported to me of probable peculation, I applied to the Q. M. Gen. to detail an honest and experienced officer of the Dept. toinspect. His reply was that he had not such an officer available but for me to select one and order him on that duty. I, under this authority, detailed Capt. Jas. H. Stokes of the Chicago Board of Trade Battery, for this duty. The result has been already to find that Govt. is being constantly defrauded by those whos duty it is to protect and guard the public interest. The guilty parties will be relieved and brought to trial.
Capt. Stokes is an old officer of the regular army and also of the Q. M. Dept. He is eminently fitted for this duty though a very disagreeable one to him, and particularly so whilst occupying the grade of Capt. of Artillery. Gen. Thomas informed me some after my assumption of command of this Mil. Div. that he regarded Capt. Stokes as one of his most efficient officers and that he had recommended him for the position of Brig. General. I now would most heartily endorse that recommendation, and if it cannot be granted would ask that he be appointedQ. M. of Vols. with the rank of Lieut. Col. I have no such staff officer and believe the law authorizes it.