Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 47.
On March 9, 1864, Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers had telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield. "Maj Genl U. S Grant direct by telegraph that you dismount your mounted infantry armed with Cavalry arms as fast as their horses and arms are required for the Purpose of equiping Cavalry troops for service. This as rendered necessary from the impossibility of procuring horses and arms for the Cavalry arm of the service, and necessity of getting it ready for service without delay" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Ohio, Telegrams Received. On the same day, Bowers telegraphed the same message to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. Telegram received (addressed to Sherman), ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 46. See ibid., p. 53.
Washington March 11th/64
HONL HENRY WILSON
U. S. SENATE
CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY COMMITTEE
The Quartermasters Department suffers for want of a more perfect organization in the field and at the Depots; some organization which will confer upon officers rank commensurate with the importance and extent of their duties is greatly needed.
Good officers who have gained experience, labored much and successfully for the public service after waiting in expectation that congress would provide the way to recognize such service, are resigning in disappointment.
I understand that the Quartersmaster General has prepared a bill providing a remedy by a larger organization, I commend it to your attention and hope that it will become a law.
Much depends upon keeping up the efficiency of this corps, whose labors are heavier, and whose rewards have been lighter, than those of their comrades in others Departments.
With great respect
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Lt. Gen. U S A.