April 18th  1864 12-midnight
MAJ GEN F SIGEL
Maj Gen Ord has been relieved from duty at his own request Send Gen Averill in command of the Expedition already directed or go yourself, as you deem most advisable Should you go it will be necessary to leave an Officer in whose judgement you can place the greatest reliance to command every thing you leave behind.
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies (dated April 17, 1864, 12: 00 P. M. ), ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; Sigel Papers, OClWHi; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. Printed as sent at 12:00 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxiii, 893.
On April 17, 2:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel, Cumberland, Md., telegraphed to USG. "The following telegram from Gen. Crook is just received 'Reports corr[obo]rated by s[evera]l deserters state that all of Longstrets command except one division which is stationed near Cumberland Gap passed over the Rail Road towards Richmond se[v]eral days ago.'" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 894. On the same day, Lt. Col. Orville E. Babcock, Cumberland, Md., telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "Please inform the General that General Sigel has telegraphed to Genl Crook for some information but cannot obtain it before morning as the wires are down Soon as the information is received Genl Sigel will telegraph in full Genl Sigel reports that he needs at once at least twenty five hundred (2500) horses for the old regiments and soon as available some four thousand for the new and veteran regiments If the twenty five hundred cannot be obtained at once it will materially cripple the anticipated movement Genl Sigel asks if something cannot be done His Chief Quarter master has asked the Cavalry Bureau for permission to pay hundred fifty three ( 153) dollars and to purchase a portion of mares at proper prices." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). Printed as sent at 11:30 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxiii, 894.
On April 18, 10:30 A. M. and 9:00 P. M., Sigel telegraphed to USG. "Your dispatch in regard to Genl Ord is received. I am only waiting for an answer from