Creek from Burlington) to be embarked to Webster 602. offs. & men effec-
tive The 15th Va. (Sir John's Run, will embark to morrow) 800. offs. & men
effective The 3rd & 4th Penna. (To move from Harpersferry under Genl. Sul-
livan to night or to morrow morning) 850. offs. & men effective The 28th Ohio
(at Beverly) 360. offs. & men effective (of this regt. 258 men have left on Veteran
furlough the 24th of last month. I would propose that this regt. may be re-
tained for the present if possible) The 2nd Maryland (at New Creek but many
on furlough This regt. cannot leave New Creek before the 7th or 8th) 416 offs.
& men effective Total effective force of Infantry 10 Regiments 5.635 offrs. &
men efficient The Infantry will be under the command of Genl. Sullivan the
senior Genl. Officer in this Department and will be formed into two or three
Brigades. The Artillery is prepared and will be at Beverly at the same time.
Genl. Averell is informed in regard to the Cavalry and written Orders were
sent to him yesterday. Transportation, provisions, ambulance corps, Engineer
tools & a small pontoon train will be ready and every effort made to have the
troops properly equipped & provided. All the troops & trains will start from the
two points Webster and Clarksburg. I would respectfully request to be informed
to whom I shall send my letters & telegrams in regard to the movements of the
enemy & of our own troops, if they are not in answer to your direct communica-
tions. I was instructed by Major Kelton A. A. Genl. to send my communications
to the Adjutant Genl. of the Army, but I confess that I am anxious to know the
name of the officer at Washington, to whom confidential despatches and letters
have to be sent by me at the present time so that there may be no delay and con-
fusion. I am perfectly satisfied with whatever instructions may be given me in
this matter, but as there might exist some misunderstanding on my part I feel
it my duty to apply to you to be made aware of your wishes" Copies
Papers, OClWHi. O. R., I, xxxiii, 790-92. On April 4, 12:45 P. M., USG tele-
graphed to Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan. "The Maryland troops furloughed
by orders from Washington can be allowed to go if they will return to Harpers'
Ferry by the 10th inst. Inform Gen Sigel of this dispatch" ALS (telegram
sent), USMA; telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
O. R., I, xxxiii, 800.
To Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel
Washington, D. C. April 4th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. FRANZ SIGEL
COM'D'G. DEP'T. W. VA. CUMBERLAND, MD.
I my letter of instructions for organizing an expedition from
your Department for the purpose of cutting the Virgina and Tennessee railroad, I find the route by Covington, and the number of
troops of each arm to be sent, on limited information of the country to be traversed and on examination of your last returns. I understood the best and most accessible south were from Covington.
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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: 257.
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