On April 15, 3:00 P. M., Capt. Alexander M. Pennock, Cairo, had telegraphed to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles news of the raid of C. S. A. Maj. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. Telegram received, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R. (Navy), I, xxvi, 215-16.
Also on April 15, 8:30 P. M., USG had telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Please ask the Secretary of War to give Col Kautz certificate of appointment as Brigadier General and order him to report to Maj Gen Butler to command his cavalry" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 877. On the same day, Stanton telegraphed to USG. "General Brooks reports that he is going immediately to General Butler." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
Culpeper C. H. Va. Apl 15th 1864.
MAJ GEN. F. SIGEL.
COMD'G DEPT WEST VA.
I send with this Lieut Col Babcock, of my Staff, to consult with you in person in reference to the preparations for the approaching campaign. I will state that the instructions which I communicated to you were based upon such information as is given by the maps, and as could be obtained by inquiries—from those who had pre