Culpepper C. H. Va
Mar. 24th 1864
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF
Will you please send me a map with lines marked showing the territory now occupied by our forces. Also a copy of the returns of the Army you showed me. If practicable to spare them from their present stations three 3 regiments of Heavy Artillery, (one (commanded by Col Tidball 1 to be one of them) could be advantageously used with the Army of the Potomac
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 721. On March 24, 1864, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "I send herewith, by special messenger, a synopsis of last returns of the Army; also copy of the Map which we had before us the other day. The red lines show approximately our lines of defense at the beginning of the Rebellion, and at the present time; the blue the various proposed ways of shortening them." ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent (Press). O. R., I, xxxiii, 721. On March 26, 12:15 P. M., Lt. Col. Cyrus B. Comstock telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. "Lieut Gen Grant wishes to obtain if practicable a Map showing the position of the troops and picket lines of the A of P." Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Army of the Potomac. On the same day, 12:30 P. M., Meade telegraphed to Comstock. "A map giving the information required by your telegram will be sent by orderly during the course of today. —" ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). On the same day, Comstock wrote to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "A paper map of the United States with two red lines and one blue line, is sent you by mail to-day by direction of General Grant. One red line indicates the front occupied by us at the beginning of the war, the other the front now occupied by us. The blue line indicates lines and fronts which it is proposed to occupy" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DLC-William T. Sherman; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. On April 5, Sherman wrote to Comstock. "Your letter of March 26th came to me on the 2nd Inst, and the mail brought me the Map yesterday. The parcel had evidently been opened, and the Postmaster had marked some additional postage on it. I will cause enquiries to be made lest the map has been seen by some eye intelligent enough to read the meaning of the blue and red lines. We cannot be too careful in these matters. That map to me contains
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864. Volume: 10. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 218.
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