days before the 6th. I would respectfully suggest, that General Sullivan at Harpers Ferry be informed by Telegraph, whether the regiments can leave or not." Copy, Sigel Papers, OCIWHi. See O. R., I, xxxiii, 762-65.
Head Quarters In the Field,
Culpepper C. H. Va. March 30th/64
COL. E. D. TOWNSEND,
A. ADJ. GEN. OF THE ARMY,
WASHINGTON D. C,
Your dispatch asking me to look over the Register and suggest the names of Brig. Gens. to be dropped, or mustered out of service, is rec'd. The following are names only of those personally known to my self as being unsuited for their positions; towit: W. R. Montgomery, Willis A. Gorman John Cook, N. B. Buford, Mason Brayman, T. T. Garrard and G. W. Deitzler. On their general reputation I would add very largely to this list, and if desired will do so. But I would suggest that Dept. Commanders be called on for the same suggestion I am now asked to make.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, CSmH. On March 29, 1864, Col. Edward D. Townsend wrote to USG. "The Secretary of War requests you will look over the Register and suggest names of Brigadier Generals who should be mustered out of service as such." LS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copy, ibid., RG 94, Letters Sent. On Sept. 1, 1863, Brig. Gen. William R. Montgomery wrote to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins asking to be assigned to command at Cairo. O. R., I, xxx, part 3, 278-79. On Sept. 21, Rawlins endorsed this letter. "Respectfully referred to Major Genl. S. A. Hurlbut who will if he deems it best assign Genl. Montgomery to the command of the Post of Cairo, providing Genl. Montgomery will consent to report, and receive orders from the District Commander" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 25; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Endorsements. O. R., I, xxx, part 3, 278-79. Montgomery, USMA 1825, had been assigned to await orders at Cairo on March 2. After serving on a military commission at Memphis, he resigned as of April 4, 1864. Of the other brig. gens., Willis A. Gorman was