9.30 P. M. Mar. 17. 1864.
MAJ GEN HALLECK,
CHF OF STAFF—
According to the returns I saw in Washington it looked to me that troops could be taken from Gen. Rosecrans instead of more being required. No horses have been taken from troops already mounted by my order or with my knowledge. I will telegraph orders to correct any further interference with horses or troops for Gen Banks. 1
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence ; DLC-USG, V, 40, 45, 59, 94; DLC-Andrew Johnson. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 2, 635. On March 17, 1864, 2: 30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "The furloughed regiments from Dept of the South are ordered to rendezvous here. Genl Rosecrans asks for four regiments of cavalry & one or two regts of Infantry to be sent to Missouri. Genl Banks reports that the 12th Ill. cavalry ordered to his Dept have been dismounted at St Louis & the horses sent to your orders; & that other horses collected there for his command have been diverted. I fear these diversions may interfere with his movemts." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 2, 634-35.
On March 16, 12:30 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "The furloughs of veteran regiments from Dept of the South (Hilton Head) are about to expire. If it is proposed to bring any troops north from that Dept for the coming campaign, Should not these regiments be retained in order to avoid double transportation?" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxv, part 2, 20. On the same day, 7:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Halleck. "To avoid double transportation I desire the veteran regiments from the Dept of the South rendezvoused at some point from whence they can be moved with facility either to the Army