Culpepper Apl. 19th 1864
MAJ. GEN. HALLECK, WASHINGTON D. C.
Gen. Meade did not apply for Gn. Devens. 1 The latter applied for orders and Meade stating that he was a good officer I asked to have him sent to the A. P. Keep Gen. Devens where he is so long as his services are needed. Order Gen. Seymour 2 some place to await orders unless he can be profitably placed on such duty as Gen. Devens is now doing.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 907. On April 19, 1864, 2:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Genl Devins has been ordered through the northern & Eastern states to collect together recruits & send them to regts & depots. The war Dept thinks his services there almost indispensable for the next week or two. Men are still recruiting at the rate of a thousand per day. Please see of Genl Meade cannot spare him a little longer. Genl Seymour is relieved from Dept. of the south. Where shall I send him?" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 907.