Hd Qrs Culpepper C H
7 30 P. M. Apl. 18. 1864.
MAJ. GEN. HALLECK,
CHF. OF STAFF.
Except the regt which Gen. Augur 1 proposed to spare, I did not expect to order any troops from the Defences of Washington.
It was only such unassigned troops as may arrive that I expected to thus report to Gen. Burnside.
The regt which has been assigned to him please order to Alexandria to relieve troops now there from this army on special duty, the latter to join their proper commands at the front.
U. S. GRANT,
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 897. On April 16, 1864, 10:40 A. M., Maj. Gen. George G. Meade telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "Please say to the Lt. Genl. Comd. that Shaler's brigade of the 6th Corps (sent to Sandusky in January last) which was ordered some time ago to return to this army, has not arrived nor any intelligence reached me of its movement. —Also two regiments of the Pa. Reserves ordered to the front from Alexandria, to be relieved there by a part of the Veteran Reserve Corps, have not come forward. I would be glad if any measures can be taken to expedite the movement of these troops. —" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 881. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Meade. "An Inspector has been sent to Sandusky or Johnson's Island, with instructions to reduce the number of men for guards &c, to the lowest possible number, and to give his personal attention to the execution of orders for the sending of troops to their respective commands in the field. The order for the return of your brigade, is no doubt being executed. Gen Augur has been directed to releive the Penn. Reserves and send them forward." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound);