much, I do not positively know. I do not believe his force is much if at all superior to mine. I expect to know soon." Copies, DLC-John M. Schofield; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 58-59. On March 19, 11:00 A. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "From all information recieved, it is thought that Longstreet is now with Lee, and that some movement will soon be made." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 699. See ibid., pp. 688-89.
Head Quarters of the Army
In the Field, Nashville Ten.
March 15th 1864
MAJ. GEN. N. P. BANKS,
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE GULF,
Enclosed herewith I send you copy of Gen. Orders No (1) assuming command of the Armies of the United States. 1 You will see from the order it is my intention to establish Head Quarters, for the present, with the "Army of the Potomac."
I have not yet fully determined upon a plan of campaign for this Spring but will do so before the return of our Veteran troops to the field. It will however be my desire to have all parts of the Army, or rather all the Armies, act as much in concert as possible. For this reason I now write you. I regard the success of your present move as of great importance in reducing the number of troops necessary for protecting the navigation of the Mississippi River. It is also important that Schrievesport should be taken as soon as possible. This done send Brig. Gen. A. J. Smith, with his command, back to Memphis as soon as possible[. ] This force will be necessary for movemen[ts] East of the Mississippi. Should you find that the taking of Schrievesport will occupy ten to fifteen days more time than Gen. Sherman gave his troops to be absent from their command you will send them back at the time specified in