myself of the information necessary to act with inteligence. The problem of supplies is the most difficult. The Roads can now supply the daily wants of the Army, but does not accumulate a surplus, but I think by stopping the carriage of cattle and men and by runing the cars on the circuit from Nashville to Stevenson and Decatur it can be done with the present cars and locomotives. The superintendent of Railroads here, Mr Anderson, The Quarter Master Col Donaldson & myself will determine tonight. I find too many citizens and private freight along the Road, which are utterly inconsistent with our military necessities at this time. I will aim to accumulate in all april at Decatur & Chattanooga a surplus of seventy days provision and forage for one hundred thousand men." ALS (telegram sent), War Library and Museum, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Philadelphia, Pa.; telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 220. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton answered the second telegram. Ibid.
Head Qrs. of the Army, In Field
Culpepper C. H. Va. March 28th/64
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY,
WASHINGTON D. C.
The batteries called for by Gen. Burnside had better be furnished in the way you suggest: that is to assign them to his Corps but leave them where they now are until his Corps is moved into the field. 1 They can then be ordered directly to the point where they will be wanted.
The order drafted by you is herewith returned with the request that it be published. 2
I have ordered Gen. W. F. Smith to report to me in Washington City on Thursday next. 3 This order was given with the view of having him assigned to the command of the 10th Army Corps. I do not care however about the order being made, assigning him, until after he reports.
I think Gen. Wilson should be relieved from duty in the Cavalry Beauro as soon as it is possible to find an officer to sucseed him. 4 I can not suggest an officer to take his place.