Head Quarters Army of the Tennessee
In Field near Monterey Tenn May 8th 1862
CAPT J C. KELTON
A A G. DEPT OF THE MISS
In reply to your letter of this date, I have the honor to say that the 10 boxes of Blanks were received; that Division Commanders were advised of the fact, and requested to sendfor such blanks as they needed, and that they were judiciously issued to the different Divisions of the Army of the Tenn, and receipts taken therefore.
A supply of blanks were issued to Maj Genl Thomas yesterday, and a similar requisition was filled for Genl Judah 1 to day. I have yet on hand a sufficient supply for present use, which will be issued as fast as called for.
I am Col Very Respcty
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 88; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. On May 8, 1862, Capt. John C. Kelton wrote to USG. "Regiments and Batteries in the Army of the Tennessee are continually applying to me for Blanks. —I have sent to your address a very large supply for distribution. Please advise me if they have reached their destination, that I may know whether to refer these applicants to you, or order more blanks. —Gen. Thomas' old Division, and one of the Brigades of the 2d Division are reported out of Blanks." LS, ibid., District of West Tenn., Letters Received.