Apl. 12th 1864
MAJ. GEN. ROSECRANS, ST. LOUIS Mo.
Your report of transportation shows over sixteen hundred teams in the Dept. It is impossible to supply the necessary transportation for the Armies in Tennessee in time for spring operations. Can you not send the mules of five hundred of your teams to Louisville at once? Send all you can.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received (at 2:00 P. M. ), ibid.; Rosecrans Papers, CLU. Printed as sent at 2:00 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 145. On April 12, 1864, Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "I can & will send all mules I can to Louisville. The reason why so much transportation is used is that we have much hauling, for example—from Rolla to Springfield all supplies have to be waggoned one hundred & sixty miles" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received (dated April 13), ibid.; ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 145.
On April 9, 10:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Robert Allen. "The whole of transportation on hand in the Dept of Missouri shows sixteen hundred and fifty (1650) teams besides Ambalances Of this number they ought to spare five hundred (500) at least if you want that elsewhere." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 106. On April 11, Allen, Louisville, telegraphed to USG. "We want all the mules that can be obtained from all sources Have wagons Enough—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
On April 25, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "Col. Myers reports that fifteen hundred and twenty Mules can be spared fromDepartment transportation. Many of these must be replaced as soon as the wants at Nashville are supplied. In ten days from April 21st Col M will have shipped to Nashville four 4 thousand 4000 Mueles, and six hundred 600 Artillery horses." LS (telegram sent), ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 283.
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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: 281.
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