It only gratifying a little desire to appear angry that I am indulging in. Your letter enclosed three horseshoes from Mrs. McDowell which I will wear—in my pocket—for the purposes named i e to keep off witches. I am still very well. Dont know exactly the day when I will start or whether Lee will come here before I am ready to move. Would not tell you if I did know. Give my kindest regards to Col. and Mrs. Hillyer. Kisses for yourself and Jess. I sent $110000 to J. R. Jones to day in liquidation of my indebtedness. 1
April 28th 186411 P M
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
Gen Banks dispatch of the Seventeenth (17th) received 1—I do not see that better orders can be given than those sent a few days ago—If Gen Banks has not advanced on Shreveport and beaten the Enemy then Steele will be so exposed to a superior force as to make it necessary to reinforce him. I would order in this event Genl A J Smith's whole force t[o] Genl Steele—Genl Banks by his failure has absorbed ten thousand (10.000) veteran troops that
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864. Volume: 10. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 363.
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