ALS, Schoff Collection, MiU-C. O. R., I, xxxiii, 394-95. An undated three and one-half page "Memorandum of a Campaign in N. C.," not in USG's hand, apparently served as the basis for this letter. The final paragraph was in USG's hand. "I have written this in accordance with what I understood to be an invitation from you to express my views about operations, and not to insist that any plan of mine should be carried out. Whatever is agreed upon I shall always believe is at least intended for the best, and, until tried will hope for the best." Oliver R. Barrett Sale, 1190, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 1950, no. 485. On Jan. 18, 1864, Lt. Col. Cyrus B. Comstock wrote in his diary: "Gen W. F Smith & I submitted Mem. to Gen. as to landing 60000 men at Norfolk or Newbern & operating against Rail R. south of Richmond & alternately against Raleigh & Wilmington." DLC-Cyrus B. Comstock.
Nashville January 19th 1864
MAJ GENL GEO H THOMAS
Wilson is ordered to Washington in charge of Cavalry Bureau. 1 None of the officers named by you are among those awaiting assignment. I have asked for Ransom to be sent here. He has always proved himself the best man I have ever had to send on expeditions. He is a live man and of good judgement. He will not of course be sent to command Crooks Cavalry if you have an officer at the time who gives full satisfaction. I wish you would inform me from time to time the information obtained from scouts and deserters. Also send me Southern papers when you get them.
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 141. On Jan. 16, 1864, 11: 35 A. M., USG had telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. "I have asked to have Genl Ransom ordered here to take Crook's place. You can therefore only make temporary arangements for a Commander to that Cavalry Division" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. On the same day, Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Can you let me have Wilson to command Crook's Division I think he would like to come." Copy, ibid., Telegrams Sent. On Jan. 18, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "General Wilson has been ordered to take charge of Cavalry Bureau and cannot therefore