Communicate to me direct sending copy to Genl Foster any important information you may get of the enemy's movements or steps being taken by you to meet him
U S GRANT Maj Genl
Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Ky., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid.; (misdated Jan. 26, 1864) ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 34, 35. Dated Jan. 25 in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 207-8. Jacob Ammen, USMA 1831, older brother of USG's boyhood friend Daniel Ammen, resigned from the U. S. Army in 1837, then taught mathematics at various colleges before the Civil War. See PUSG, 2, 44n. He was appointed brig. gen. as of July 16, 1862. On Jan. 25, 1864, Ammen, Camp Nelson, Ky., telegraphed to USG. "Gen Fry's Command leaves Camp Dick Robinson in the morning via Somerset. Shall he be detained. No enemy reported yet in front—" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Ky., Telegrams Sent.
On Feb. 7, Ammen wrote to USG. "Always willing to discharge to the best of my ability any duty assigned to me by my superior officers, I have neither sought nor declined any particular service. Ordered to the command of the District of Ky. Jan 6th 1864, and ordered January 25th 1864 by Sec. of War on Court‐ martial at Cin. O. I have been absent from the District and may have to remain away some time yet—The command is an important one, and requires all the time of an officer—In my interview with Gen. Burbridge I have said to him, that I did not seek the particularand have no preference for it over others—" ALS, ibid., RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Ammen. On Feb. 14, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield. "I have ordered Brig Genl Burbridge to Camp Nelson to command the District of Kentucky until relieved by Genl Ammen who is now on Court Martial duty. When relieved by Genl Ammen Genl Burbridge will report to me for assignment unless you have a place for him." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 394. On Feb. 16, Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers wrote to Ammen. "Enclosed please find Special Order No 41. assigning General Burbridge to the command of the District of Northern Central Kentucky. The reason for such assignment was the uncertainty of the time you might be absent. When relieved from duty on Court Martial you will return to your District and relieve General Burbridge in its command" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 410. See ibid., p. 401.
St. Louis, Jan. 27th 1864
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK, WASHINGTON
Understanding that Gen. Schofield is ordered to report to me I would request that he be assigned to the Comd. of Dept. of the