Nashville [Feb. ] 25th 1864.
MAJ GEN. THOMAS
Mrs Colo. Sherman is here having come from Ill. to see her husband who is sick at Loudon. She desires a pass which she says has been refused by you, probably not knowing the circumstances. Please answer. Mrs. Sherman is a lady who has spent much time in our hospitals for the last year, and has passes from your predecessors to take her back to the eighty eighth Ill. Vols. the reg't of which her husband is Colonel.
U. S. GRANT,
Telegram, copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. Francis T. Sherman, born in Conn. in 1825, brought to Chicago in 1834, was mustered in as col., 88th Ill., on Aug. 27, 1862. He had married Eleanor N. Vedder in 1851. On Feb. 25, 1864, Maj. William McMichael, adjt. for Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, telegraphed to Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers. "Dispatch just received from Maj. Gen'l Grant Gen'l Thomas went to the front this morning—Co'l Shermans Application for a pass for Mrs. Sherman was presented to him by me and his instructions were to say that it could not be granted at present but would be as soon as affairs become settle—The application did not mention Co'l Shermans illnes nor do I think the General was aware of it." Copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Feb. 27, Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Mrs. Col. Sherman was refused a pass because I thought it not safe for a lady to be at the front. She has now however my permission to visit Loudon to attend on her husband" Copy, ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent.
Feb.y 25th 1864.
As I have heard indirectly that you would leave St. Louis on Wednsday next this will be the last letter I will write, unless I should hear from you again that you are not coming. I presume your letters all reach me. Three came at once last week. I had had