On March 26, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "Please order Maj. Gen. C. C. Washburn to the command at Annapolis until permanently assigned." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram re- ceived, ibid.; ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 266A 1864. See O. R., I, xxxiii, 753.
By Telegraph from Nashville Tenn
Mch 15th 1864
5.30 P M—
TO—MAJ GEN STEELE,
Move your force in full co-operation with Genl N. P. Banks attack on Shreveport, a mere demonstration will not be sufficient— Now that a larger force has gone up Red River it is necessary that Shreveport and the Red River should come into our possession
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of Ark.; copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 34, 35, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 2, 616. On March 15, 1864, 10:30 A. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "A despatch just recieved from Genl. Banks dated March 6th. He expects to effect a junction with Sherman's forces on Red River by the 17th. He desires that positive orders be sent to Genl Steele to move in conjunction with them for Red River, with all his available force. Sherman and Banks are of opinion that Steele can do much more than make a mere demonstration, as he last proposed. A telegram from you might decide him. Veterans of 9th Corps ordered to Annapolis." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 2, 609-10.
On March 10, Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele, Little Rock, wrote to USG. "I intended to have written you a letter to-day to send by your aide, but I unexpectedly received dispatches from Sherman and Banks in regard to the expedition against Shreveport, which I have been answering. They are both mistaken in regard to the strength of my command and also in regard to the situation of