wooden gun-boat that can be sent from here of suitable draught to enter the
sound." Ibid., pp. 938-39.
Washington, N. C., on the Pamlico River near the mouth of the Tar
River, approximately twenty-five miles north of New Berne. On April 22, noon,
USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler. "Your despatch received. —
You must not movements of the enemy interrupt carrying out your programme in
the coming campaign. It would be better to evacuate Washington and Plymouth
than to have your whole force neutralized defending them" Telegram received,
DLC-Benjamin F. Butler; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid.,
Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG,
V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 946. On April 21, 8:30 P. M., Butler telegraphed to
Halleck, and a copy went to USG. Ibid., pp. 278-79. See letter to Maj. Gen.
Benjamin F. Butler, April 19, 1864.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
April 22nd 1864 12 m
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF.
You can see from Genl Brayman's despatch to me something
of Gen'l Banks disaster
1 I have been satisfied for the last nine
months that to keep General Banks in command was to neutralize
a large force and to support it most expensively. Although I do
not insist on it I think the best interests of service demand that
2 should be placed in command at once and that he
name his own successor to the command of New Orleans.
U. S. GRANT
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, 252-53. On
April 23, 1864, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck endorsed this telegram. "This telegram shown to the President, by order of the Secretary of War. The President
replied that he must delay acting on it for the present." Ibid., p. 253. On April
26, 2:15 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Your telegram of the 22nd asking
for the removal of Genl Banks was submitted to the President who replied that
he must await further information before he could act in the matter. Genl. Steele
was at Camden on the 20th and was informed of Genl Banks disaster. An order
to him to return to Little Rock would probably reach him in five or six days. One
to Genl Banks would not reach him in less than two or three weeks. This would
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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.
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