On Feb. 16, 1864, 1:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "According to Genl Banks last despatch (Feby 7th) Admiral Farragat was to threaten Mobile in order to draw the enemy from Sherman & Thomas. As soon as Sherman's present expedition is terminated (about the 1st of March), it was understood that he and Genl Banks would move up Red River to meet Steele's advance against Schreveport. This was Genl Banks plan, if Sherman & Steele could cooperate with him. Sherman had agreed, but Steele not yet heard from. The time of movement would depend upon Stage of water in Red River. It was understood that as soon as Steele and Banks had effected a junction on that River, Sherman's army could all be with drawn to operate east of the Mississippi. Will not the probable delay in expelling Longstreet from East Tennessee justify the adoption of this plan of Banks & Sherman? Banks reports his force too weak to advance without Sherman's aid." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, DLC-William T. Sherman. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 402; ibid., I, xxxiv, part 2, 340-41.
Feby 15th 1864 10 30 a m
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
If Gen Schofield is rejected I would prefer Maj Gen J. B McPherson to all others for his place. Gen P. H. Sheridan second, Gen. O. O. Howard third choice. I do not know Genl Stoneman's merits
U S GRANT
Maj Genl Com'dg
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. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 394. On Feb. 14, 1864, 12:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck had telegraphed to USG. "Recruiting officers & Provost Marshals have been directed to send recruits to their regiments as fast as collected, and also to send new regiments to the field as fast as organized. In case Genl Schofield should be rejected, who do you want to command his Dept? Name several to select from." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 389. See telegrams to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Jan. 13, 27, 1864.