Field. The ciphers furnished for this purpose are not to be imparted to any one, but will be kept by the operator to whom they are entrusted in strict confidence, and he will be held responsible for their privacy and proper use. They will neither be copied nor used by any other person, without special permission from the Secretary of War. Generals commanding will report to the War Department any default of duty, by the cipher operators, but will not allow any staff or other officer to interfere with the operators in the discharge of their duty." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 40, 94; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence.
On Feb. 10, 4:00 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Mr. Beckwith has been restored. Capt Stokes will be made Qr Master with the rank of Lieut Col. Governors of states have no authority to furlough troops. Please report any cases that have occurred, and the Secty of War will so inform the Governors who have done so." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence ; (incomplete) ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 96A 1864; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 361. See Memoirs, II, 103-4. For James H. Stokes, see letter to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Feb. 6, 1864. On Feb. 9, USG had telegraphed to Halleck. "There seems to be an impression among Governors of states that when troops return to the states to which they are acredited either [on] furlough or to Hospital they become subject to the order of Governors and can be furloughed by them—An inspection of some Hospitals just had shows that convalescents are promptly sent out but in many instances [are] furloughed by Governor." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94.
Feby 6th 1864 3 30 P. M.
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GENL IN CHIEF
I am making every effort to get supplies to Knoxville for the support of a large force long enough to drive Longstreet out. The enemy have evidently fallen back with most of their force from Gen Thoma's front, some going to Mobile. Has there been any movement in that direction by our troops?
U S GRANT
Maj Genl Com'dg
Telegram received, DLC-Robert T. Lincoln; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393,