might in some slight degree have bent your plan of Campaign to meet those views and wishes, although perhaps the inclination of your more matured judgement would lead you to prefer a movement through North Carolina of which you at first spoke. Specially has this thought pressed itself upon my mind since I have been called upon to furnish transportation for two millions and a half of rations to North Carolina which inclines me to believe that a movement is intended in that direction. If this be so, as I have a very strong opinion that but one cooperative movement with the Army of the Potomac should be made on the South of the James, and fearing lest a desire to oblige me might possibly in some degree have swayed your judgement, I take leave to say to you that any disposition of the troops under my command will be most agreable to me, which shall in your opinion subserve the public service; so that if you think it best to have my troops for the North Carolina movement do not regard in the least degree my supposed wishes—or position as I shall be most happy to cooperate most heartily in any of your movements. I pray you General take this note in the exact spirit in which it is meant. I believe fully that but one movement (and that the one I indicated) South of the James with all the concentrated forces, that can be spared able to fight Lee in the field if we can get men enough—or if not, as near it as we can, is feasible and so believing I do not for a moment desire that any thought of myself, or of its effects upon the extent of my command should stand in the way of such concentration, whenever it shall be thought best. This besides being a duty is at least but a just return for the kind consideration you have shown me. I have possessed General Smith with my views as well upon the subject of the movement as upon the number of troops which can be spared from my lines for the purpose and beg to refer you to him for any explanations you may desire" ADf, ibid.; copy, USG 3.
April 16th 1864 2 P M
MAJ GEN. W. S. ROSECRANS
ST LOUIS Mo.
Send at once all all the force you can to Cairo to report to the Commanding Officer then to be used against Forrest. Send either Cavalry or Infantry Take that nearest the river and replace what you send away by troops from the interior. Answer what you can do
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Received; DLC‐ USG, V, 45, 59; Rosecrans Papers, CLU. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 184. Also on