The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864 - Vol. 10

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To Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

Culpepper
Apl 18 1864 7 P M

MAJ GEN SHERMAN
NASHVILLE TENN

Gen Smith has made requisition for thirty thousand (30000) cavalry horses It will be impossible to supply half the number. Use dismounted cavalry to guard depots and Stations & relieve Infantry to go to the front I have sent Gen Prince to command West West Kentucky He will report to you 1

U. S. GRANT
Lt Gen

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, 398. On April 18, 1864, 7:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "Have you any information of movement of troops from Johnstons Army [to] Lee's?" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 397. On April 18, 11:30 P. M., Sherman, Nashville, telegraphed to USG. "Genl Sooy Smith made his requisition for horses without consultation with me. I did not expect half the number you name & indeed had already ordered the dismounted cavalry to be used as you suggest I have full accounts from Thomas up to date None of Johnstons army has gone East There was a talk in Johnstons camp about Hardee's Corps going east, mere camp talk and nothing more" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received; copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 398.

Also on April 18, USG had telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "I will direct Genl Sherman to get what Cavalry horses he conveniently can & then use his dismounted Cavalry to guard Railroad & relieve Infantry to go to the front. Before ordering Gen Pope peremptorily to send off any troops he now has I will see the reason he assigns for retaining them—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59.

On April 19, midnight, Sherman telegraphed to USG. "Gen Thomas reports by telegraph to night that he has satisfactory intelligence that no troops have left Dalton for Richmond. His dates from Johnstons Camp are as late as the eighteenth" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 410. On the same day, Sherman wrote to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins at length discussing

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