Washburn will obey your instructions and establish no posts except where you order them
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 382. On April 16, 1864, 10: 30 A. M., Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Nashville, had telegraphed to USG. "Send Washburne to Memphis and I would be glad to have Hunt at Columbus In making up our fighting force we have left inferior officers on the river. Hurlbut has full ten thousand (10,000) men at Memphis but if he had a million he would be on the defense. The force captured & butchered at Fort Pillow was not on my returns at all. It is the first fruits of the system of trading posts designed to assist the loyal people of the interior. All these stations are a weakness and offer tempting chances for plunder In a day or so there ought to be enough of McPhersons troops at Cairo to clean out Forrest without materially delaying our concentrating along the front." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 382. On the same day, 10:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Sherman. "I have ordered Genl Rosecrans to send to Cairo all the forces he can—Specifying three (3) regts. that must be sent. You can have them used against Forrest." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; (dated April 17) ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC‐ USG, V, 45, 59, (dated April 17) 94. Dated April 17 in O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 385; (dated April 16) ibid., I, xxxiv, part 3, 183.
Culpepper C. H. Va.
Apl. 16th 1864
Your letter enclosing one from young Walker asking for duty on my staff during his suspension is received. 1 It is the third letter from him on the same subject. Of course I cannot gratify him. It