|The 11th & 12th Army Corps to be consolidated and called the 1st Army Corps, Maj. Gen. J. Hooker to command.|
|Maj. Gen. G. Granger to be relieved from command of the 4th A. C. and Maj. Gen. Howard appointed to the command.|
|Maj. Gen. Schofield to be appointed to command the 23d A. C.|
|Maj. Gen. Slocum will report to Gen Sherman for assignment, and Maj. Gen. Stoneman to Gen. Schofield. Gen. Granger will report by letter to the A. G. of the Army by letter.|
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Lt. Gen. Com
ALS, CSmH. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 246-47.
On April 2, 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman had telegraphed to USG. "After a full consultation with all my Army Commanders I have settled down to the following conclusions, to which I would like to have the Presidents Consent before I make orders— 1st Army of the Ohio. Three Divisions of Infantry to be styled the 23rd Corps, Maj Gen Schofield in Command. One Division of Cavalry, Maj Gen Stoneman, —to push Longstreets forces well out of the valley, then fall back breaking Railroad to Knoxville to hold Knoxville & Loudon & be ready by May 1, with 12000 men to act as the Left of the Grand Army. 2nd. Gen Thomas to organize his Army into three Corps. The 11th and 12th to be United under Maj Genl Hooker, to be composed of four Divisions. The Corps to take a new title viz one of the series now vacant. Genl. Slocum to be transfered East, or assigned to some local command on the Mississipi. The 4th Corps Granger, to remain unchanged, save to place Genl Howard in command. The 14th Corps to remain the Same. Genl Palmer is not equal to such a command, and all parties are willing that Genl Buell or any tried soldier should be assigned. Thomas to guard the Lines of communication, and have by May 1, a command of 45,000 men for active service, to constitute the Centre. 3rd. Gen McPherson to draw from the Mississipi the Divisions of Crocker & Leggett now en route, mostly of veterans on furlough, and of A. J. Smith now up Red River, but due on the 10th inst out of that expedition, and to organize a force of 30000 men to operate from