I, xxxiv, part 3, 178. On April 15, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "Confidential.... I enclose herewith a telegram just received from General Kimball, comd'g' at Little Rock. When the Departments of Kansas and Arkansas were formed, I advised that the Indian Territory, west of the latter state should be included in that Department inasmuch as it must be defended by General Steele's army, and recieve all supplies through Little Rock and Fort Smith. The Sec'y of War concurred with me in opinion; but the President on the urgent solicitation of Senator Lane and others directed that the Indian Territory and Fort Smith be assigned to General Curtis' command. General Blunt who seems to be a very quarrelsome man and against whom there are very serious accusations, was sent by General Curtis to command that district. Since then there has been much difficulty and confusion, which may produce some serious results. I see no way of avoiding these evils but to attach Fort Smith and the Indian Territory to the Department of Arkansas and send General Blunt back to Kansas to report to Genl Curtis. If you concur in this view & will write to that effect to the Sec'y of War, I think the President will consent to the change Colonel Marcy, Inspector General, has just reported that General Rosecrans has in the Dep't of Mo. 16824 troops present, exclusive of some 2,000 enrolled militia, and that there are not more than 2,000 armed rebels in the entire Department, and that these are in small guerrilla bands concealed in the woods. Occasional raids from these men cannot be prevented by any number of troops. Colonel Marcy recommends that five thousand men be sent from General Rosecrans' command into the field. This will leave some twelve or fourteen thousand men to contend with some two thousand guerrillas! He is of opinion that even more can be spared, if those left in the state should be properly organized and distributed. Nothing, however, but a peremptory order from you will ever get any troop out of Missouri.... P. S. You will remember that in addition to Col Marcy's estimates an additional regiment of cavalry was given to General Rosecrans a few day ago" LS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 160-61. On April 16, President Abraham Lincoln endorsed USG's telegram. "Let it be done." Ibid., p. 178.
7 P m April 16th 1864
MAJ GENL H W HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF
Please order General C. C. Washburn to proceed at once to Memphis and relieve Genl Hurlbut in command of district of West Tennessee General Hurlbut to report from Cairo by letter to the Adjutant General at what point orders will reach him I do not want W. assigned to command of sixteenth (16) Army Corps but