To Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel
Washington, D. C., April 4th 1864.
GEN SIGEL, CUMBERLAND VA.
Your letter of the 2d received.
2 It will be early enough for troops
to reach Beverly by the 15th inst. This will enable many of your
absentees to return
in time for the proposed move.
All communications addressed to the Adj Gen of the Army
Washington are immediately forwarded to me when important
for my information or action. Whilst I am in immediate telegraphic
communication there is no objection however to communicating
with me direct in such matters as you deem necessary.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram
received, ibid. O. R., I, xxxiii, 799. On April 4, 1864, 5:30 P. M., Maj. Gen.
Franz Sigel telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch of today in regard to the movement of troops is received. I will act according to your instructions given in the
telegram" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
O. R., I, xxxiii, 799.
Cumberland, Md., on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, approximately
ninety miles northwest of Washington, D. C.
On April 2, Sigel wrote to USG. "I have the honour to submit the fol-
lowing report The two Maryland regiments at Harpersferry having been fur-
loughed on the 29th as General Sullivan informs me, there can be assembled at
Beverly only 5.635 men inf.try leaving six Regiments on the Rail Road from
Parkersburg to Monocacy, some of them very small which is the minimum
number necessary to gaurd the road as may be seen from three letters of Genl.
Sullivan which I send enclosed. The following regiments are left on the road.
The 6th Va. from Parkersburg to Oakland with a small reserve at Clarksburg.
This regt. was raised and organized under the proviso to gaurd the Rail Road
and was never in the field. There are 28 Blockhouses on that line. The 23rd Illi-
nois, Col: Mulligan's old regt. the remnant of the Irish Brigade, from Oakland
to New Creek with reserve at New Creek. The 54th Penna. from Cumberland
to Hancock, reserve at Cumberland This regt. was never in the field. The 116
Ohio from Hancock to Harpersferry. The 123rd Ohio from Harpersferry to
Monocacy Bridge. The 34th Massachusetts at Harpersferry & Maryland Hights.
The following regiments are in motion or preparing to move. The 1st Va. (ar-
rived at Webster) 700. offs. & men effective The 10th Va. (at Beverly) 500.
offs. & men effective The 11th Va. (en route from Clarksburg & Bulltown to
Beverly) 707. offs. & men effective The 12th Va. (Cumberland, will embark
to morrow) 700. offs. & men effective The 14th Va. (Just arrived at New