& equipped at Camp Dennison at once & forwarded to Charleston W Va?" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. On April 15, Brig. Gen. George Crook had telegraphed to USG. "I just learn that the Eigth (8) Ohio Cavy. is not yet mtd. or Equipped & that it will be sent to west Va. to be mounted If such is the case it will not be ready for service for one month yet will you have it Mtd & Equipped in Ohio It is now in Camp Dennison I fear I will not get near the number of mounted force you intended I should have. No reinforcements have reached me yet" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 876. On April 18, 3:00 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "The 8th Ohio cavalry was ordered to be mounted & equipped at Camp Dennison & then sent to Genl Crook. The cavalry Bureau has been directed to do this at once. Genl W. S. Smith at Nashville has called on Genl Davidson for thirty thousand cavalry horses. Such requisitions cannot possibly be filled. On the 28th of March Genl Pope asked for a delay in sending the 6th Minn. to Army of the Potomac for reasons given. I will immediately send you a copy of [his] letter, or will make the order peremptory, if you say so. Pope's force against Indians is very small." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid. O. R., I, xxxiii, 897.
Head Quarters Armies in the Field
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 16th 1864
MAJ. GEN. B. F. BUTLER,
COMD. G DEPT. OF VA. & N. C.
I have just this moment received your letter of the 15th of Apl. brought by the hands of Maj. Gen. W. F. Smith.
You are entirely right in saying there should be but one movement made south of James River. At no time has more been intended.
I went to Fortress Monroe for the express purpose of seeing you and telling you that it was my plan to have the force under you act directly in concert with the Army of the Potomoc, and, as far as possible, towards the same point. My mind was entirely made up what instructions to give and I was very much pleased to find that your previously conceived views exactly coincided.
All the forces that can be taken from the coast have been ordered to report to you at Ft Monroe by the 18th inst, or as soon