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

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To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Culpepper C. H. Va
Apr. 25th 1864 8 P. M

MAJ GEN H W. HALLECK
CHIEF. OF STAFF.

A. J. Smith will have to stay with Gen Banks until the gunboats are out of their difficulty Gen Banks ought to be ordered to New Orleans and have all further execution on Red River in other hands, I have just received two private letters, one from New Orleans and one anonymous from the 13th Corps 1 giving deplorable accounts of Gen Banks mismanagement His own report and these letters clearly show all his disasters to be attributable to his incompetency. Send troops for Gen Sherman where he wants them

U. S. GRANT Maj Genl

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, 279. On April 25, 1864, 3:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Genl Sherman requests that all u[n]assigned troops in Illinois and the Northwest rendezvous at Cairo. Your orders sent to those states were to rendezvous at Louisville. Shall I change the order as Sherman requests? Despatches just recieved from Genls Butler & Peck state that the garrison at Plymouth, after a small loss, surrendered to the Rebels on Wednesday the 20th No particulars. [Genl] Butler says nothing about what he intends to do. [I] have just seen Admiral Porter's despatch, dated Grand Ecore, April 14th to the Navy Dept. He says whatever may be said, the Army there has met with a great defeat and is much demoralized. He speaks in strong terms of Banks' mismanagement & of the good conduct of A. J. Smith & his corps. He fears that if Smith is withdrawn Banks will retreat still further, & Steele's command & the gun-boats above the rapids (which, from fall of water cannot be withdrawn) will be greatly periled if not lost. He says Bank's army [w]as ten days behind the appointed time. He protests against the withdrawal [of] Smith at this time, as it would be fatal to us. The Navy Dept asks to know this, in order to telegraph instructions to Cairo for Admiral Porter. What shall I reply?" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 489; (incomplete) ibid., I, xxxiii, 979; ibid., I, xxxiv, part 3, 278.

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On April 10, "An old Iowa vetron," Alexandria, La., wrote to USG. "Permit an old, Iowa Soldier one that has fought many a hard battle under you & would be willing to fight many more to save this Goverment. But I must enter my solem protest against Gen Banks for the maner in which he has treated

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