gunboats safely out of Red River as soon as possible & then return all the troops rapidly, to where they belong—If before receiving these instructions he has taken Shreveport, then to leave Genl. Steele & the Navy in charge of the river giving Gen Steele if necessary all of Smith's troops—
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, 279.
Culpepper Va. April 25th 1864
MAJ. GEN. SHERMAN
The following dispatch has been received from Cairo. Cairo, Apl. 23rd To. COL ANSON STAGER Washington. Capt Bush Comdg at Smithland, Ky reports rebels commenced crossing Tennessee at Birmingham and above at 8. P. M. yesterday and were still crossing when his informant left Chandits early this morning. wire is cut between Smithland and Fort Donelson. signed. MASON Have you received the information and taken measures to attend to them
U. S. GRANT. Lieut 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, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 488. On April 25, 1864, 2:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Telegraph Manager at Cairo reports rebels crossing Tennessee river at Birmingham & above." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. On April 25, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman twice telegraphed to USG. "No such information is received here as is reported by Col Anson Stager Boats are constantly passing up & down both the Tennessee & Cumberland" "I have no account of any force crossing the Tennessee The officer Comdg at Ft Donelson reports about one hundred men Committing depredations between the Cumberland & Tenn, boats are Constantly ascending & descending & Tenn is Closely watched—" Telegrams received, ibid. The second is in O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 488.