If Cavalry is necessary for Washn. take the 27th New York now at Giesboro Point—
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. On April 16, 1864, 3:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Only four companies of the 8th Ill. cavalry are mounted. No twenty seventh N. Y. at cavalry depot. The twenty second N. Y. is there, but not mounted, the Army of the Potomac taking every horse as fast as we get one. The fraction of the 8th Ill mounted is the only cavalry for picket [and scout] duty, & the only one acquainted with the country." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 879.
On April 25, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan. "The Genl has asked twice to have the 8th Ill Cav ordered here but has been answered both times that it cannot be spared from Washn hence it has not been ordered to you" Telegrams received (2), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxiii, 972. See ibid., pp. 963, 985.
Apl 15th 1864-8 P M
MAJ GEN W T SHERMAN—
Forrest must be driven out, but with a proper commander in West Tennessee there is force enough there now. Your preparations for the coming campaign must go on, but if it is necessary to detach a portion of the troops intended for it, detach them, and make the campaign with that much fewer men—
Relieve Gen Hurlbut, 1—I can send Genl Washburn, a sober & energetic Officer, to take his place, I can also send you Genl L. G. Hunt to command District of Columbus—Shall I send Washburne ? Does Hurlbut think if he moves a part of his force after the only enemy within two hundred miles of him that the post will run