Larkinsville or Guntersville as the Right of the Grand Army. His Corps to be commanded by Logan, Frank Blair and Dodge. Hurlbut will not resign and I know no better disposition of him than to leave him at Memphis. I propose to put Newton when he comes at Vicksburg. With these changes this army will be a Unit in all respects, and I can suggest no better. I ask the Presidents consent and ask what title I shall give the new Corps of Hooker, in place of the 11th and 12th consolidated. The lowest number of the Army Corps now vacant will be most appropriate. I will have the Cavalry of the Dept of the Ohio reorganized under Stoneman at or near Camp Nelson, and the Cavalry of Thomas, at least one Good Division under Garrard at Columbia." ALS (telegram sent), Schoff Collection, MiU-C; telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 221. See following letter.
Private & Confidential
Washington, D. C., Apl. 4th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN,
COMD. G MIL. DIV. OF THE MISS.
It is my design, if the enemy keep quiet and allow me to take the initiative in the Spring Campaign to work all parts of the Army to-gether, and, somewhat, towards a common center. For your information I now write you my programme as at present determined upon.
I have sent orders to Banks, by private messenger, to finish up his present expedition against Schrievesport with all dispatch. To turn over the defence of the Red River to Gen. Steele and the Navy and return your troops to you and his own to New Orleans. To abandon all of Texas, except the Rio Grande and to hold that with not to exceed four thousand men. To reduce the number of troops on the Miss. to the lowest number necessary to hold it and to collect from his command not less than twenty-five thousand men. To this I will add five thousand from Mo. With this force he is to commence operations against Mobile as soon as he can. It will be impossible for him to commence too early.