by Gen. Averell and which could possibly be mounted and armed. This force should move as a kind of reserve with a large provision—and forage train some time after the expedition of Gen'l. Ord had started from Beverly. It was also understood, that the cavalry force of Gen'l. Averell, destined to accompany the expedition, should be increased from 1500 to 2000 picked men. Under these suppositions I am now acting and whilst the greater part of the troops for the expedition of General Ord are concentrated at Grafton and Webster and those of General Averell at Martinsburg, preparing to move rapidly to Beverly at the proper time (to be there on the 18th or 19th I will do my best to bring together a small force with the necessary trains mentioned. Should during this periode of concentration and preparation any movement of the enemy take place, we could from our positions meet him on any point between Clarksburg and Harpersferry, or march against his flank and rear. Within the next ten days it will alsoseen, how many troops return, how much cavalry can be mounted and what the intentions of the enemy are. I will also have more accurate information in regard to the roads, bridges etc., and report by Telegraph and letter. In the map which I send to you, all the principal roads in West Va are marked with red ink. It will be seen, that there are two good roads leading off South of Beverly to Stanton and Warmsprings, one across Cheat mountain where the enemy has an abandoned fort, and one by Huntersville to Warmsprings. It seems to me that Warmsprings is a point of great importance, because it threatens Stanton and all the enemys forces in the lower Shenandoah valley and defends the road from to Beverly." Copy, Sigel Papers, OCIWHi.
7 30 a m [P. M. ] Apl 7th 1864
MAJ. GEN SHERMAN
I have ordered all the troops that can be spared from the states west of the Ohio to be sent to you—You can send them to Genl Steele or where you think best Genl Rosecrans reports he can send no troops I have an inspector there however to see If possible I will send Genl Steele some from there I will make provision at Pensacola for supplying a Cavalry force 1
U. S. GRANT
Lieut Genl Comdg
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 280; ibid., I, xxxiv, part 3, 75.