April 16, 1864, 10:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans. "Send the 12th Missouri 9th Iowa and 13th Illinois Cavalry to Cairo without delay You can replace as many of them as you require about St Louis from other parts of your Command" 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. Printed as sent at 10:30 A. M. in O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 184. On April 17, 11:00 A. M. and 5:30 P. M., Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "By having authorityto use the dismounted Cavalry at depot for guards at St. Louis, and 9th Iowa Cavalry ordered to Little Rock, can send two Regts of Infantry and one of Cavalry, and 17th Ill Cav Col Beveridge now at St. Charles Ill for which I am an applicant—Chalmers & the rebs wish to steal and prevent planting in West Kentucky and Tennessee. The intention of rebels in Northern Arkansas and of the guerillas with a powerful armed secret organization here, is to do the same in Missouri, and the time of the advent of their operations is at hand. For which reason no moves of troops from the interior, to increase the feeling of insecurity here should if possible be made until planting is over. planting . Please if you approve send orders at once about using the 9th Iowa & 17th Ill Cavalry and as to the the dismounted Cavalry from the depot" "The 9th Iowa will be sent as ordered. The twelfth Missouri and thirteenth Illinois Cavalry can follow but they are not mounted nor have we any other mounted troops within one hundred and twenty miles of St. Louis judging from the last news of the rebels going south from Ft Pillow and the tenor of your dispatch I shall await your orders before sending forward foot troops." ALS (telegrams sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegrams received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 197‐ 98. The second is ibid., I, xxxii, part 3, 396. On April 18, 7:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Rosecrans. "You can use dismounted cavalry for guards at depots Retain the Ninth Iowa and send the two Regts of Infantry and any other troops you can to Cairo without delay" 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, 215.
Culpeper C H. Va
7 P M April 16th 1864
MAJ. GENL SHERMAN
Genl Washburn is ordered to Memphis General Hurlbut relieved I will order Hunt or Prince 1 to command over Brayman