Ransom who is badly wounded." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 235.
On April 30, Banks wrote at great length to USG reporting his campaign. Ibid., I, xxxiv, part 1, 189-92. On May 4, Banks, Alexandria, La., wrote to USG. "Major General Hunter left on the 30th of April for your Headquarters. No material change has occurred since his departure. The enemy is hovering about Alexandria in considerable force, chiefly Cavalry. There is every reason to believe that he will concentrate the whole of his strength here, including Price's and Magruder's forces, for the purpose of capturing or destroying the fleet, and crushing our army. He can muster for this purpose forty thousand (40.000) men. Considering the magnitude of the stake at issue, it is impossible to doubt that he will make every exertion to effect this purpose. Our Officers and soldiers who have escaped from the enemy, report this as the current topic of conversation, and it is confirmed also by deserters. No invasion of Missouri or Arkansas is probable while this state of things continues. Five or ten thousand of the unemployed forces in these States, should be sent to aid us in this contingency. There are nine gunboats above the rapids, constituting the essential part of Admiral Porter's fleet. We have commenced a dam across the river, with every prospect of success, which will enable us to float the boats below the Bar. Its construction will occupy ten days. The work is progressing very rapidly. Should it fail however, the safety of the fleet must depend upon the army, and it should be made strong enough to meet and destroy the enemy if he concentrates here. The army is in fine condition and excellent spirits. It numbers including Cavalry about thirty thousand (30.000) men, in better condition than at any period in this campaign, and as soon as the fleet is relieved, will be ready to move to any point of action, without the loss of time in reorgainzation." Copies (2), DLC-Nathaniel P. Banks. On May 7, Banks telegraphed to USG. "The dam will be completed tomorrow 9th inst and the gunboats relieved. We shall then move immediately for the Mississippi" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
In field Culpeper C. H. Va. Apr. 17th 1864
MAJ. GEN. B. F. BUTLER,
COM'D'G DEPT. VA. & N. C.
FORTRESS MONROE, VA.
Your report of negotiations with Mr. Ould, 1 Confederate States Agent, touching the exchange of prisoners, has been referred to me by the Secretary of War, with directions to furnish you such instructions on the subject, as I may deem proper.