Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 354.
Hd. Qrs. Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville, Tenn. Feb. 9th, 1864
Respectfully forwarded and attention invited to Gen. Slocum's statements. The position occupied by Gen. Hooker is embarassing to the service and I think injurious. I am inclined rather to recommend that the 11th and 12th Corps be filled up from the new levies, to having them consolidated, but what to do with Gen. Hooker is the question. I have no command to give him at present. While the states North of the Ohio were in my command I recommended that they be called one district and Gen. Hooker placed in command. 1 They are now a separate Dept.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 39; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Endorsements ; (typescript) Atwood Collection, InU. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 315. On Feb. 2, 1864, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum wrote a protest against the command of the 11th and 12th Corps by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker. Ibid., pp. 313-14. Hooker's endorsement of Feb. 3 is ibid., pp. 314-15. On Feb. 24, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "Major Genl Slocum's letter of the 2d with your endorsement of the 9th, in regard to the anomalous position of the commands of the 11th & 12th corps, has been recieved and submitted to the Secty of War. This arrangement having been made directly by the President, I have no authority to effect any change." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 455. See endorsement to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Oct. 26, 1863.