hear from you and ever shall be. I have to much to do however to write long letters so you must excuse me. —After the War I hope to make a long visit to Galena and to meet all my old friends there again.
My best regards to all your family and to other friends in Galena.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. U. s. a.
ALS, C. S. Bentley Pike, Chicago, Ill. See letter to Julia Dent Grant, May 3, 1861.
By Telegraph from Nashville Tenn Feb 16 1864 6. P. M
To MAJ. GEN HALLECK WASHINGTON
Genl Allen telegraphed me that Genl Banks had taken large amount of Rive transportation to New Orleans preparatory to a move up Red River. Also that a Staff Officer was collecting transportation for Sherman for the same move. This was crippling us here for transportation and I stopped it. 1 I expected Sherman however to go to Shreveport in conjunction with Steeles movement if Banks had not the force to send. I would suggest that Sherman himself go in command of a part if his troops go
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DLC-William T. Sherman; 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; DLC‐ Andrew Johnson. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 401; ibid., I, xxxiv, part 2, 341. On Feb. 17, 1864, 12:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "I have given no orders to Genl Sherman in regard to his movements, but requested him to communicate freely with Genls Banks & Steele in regard to concert of action. I presume, from Genl Banks despatches, that Genl Sherman proposes to go in person to assist in effecting a junction between Banks and Steele on Red River. By last dispatch he was waiting an answer from Steele. In regard to river transportation you will exercise your own discretion, giving them all you can spare." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound);