April 19th 1864 [11:45 A. M. ]
MAJ GEN BURNSIDE
Divert all troops you may now have on the way to Annapolis or yet to start to Alexandria and send a General there to take charge of them. Crittenden ranking Parke makes no difference. Under no circumstances would he command the corps
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, 913.
On April 19, 1864, 9:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "Commence moving your troops according to the directions you have received, on the 23rd" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 913. On the same day, 9:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. "Send the ninth (9th) Army Corps to Washington as rapidly as their places can be filled by such other troops as you may designate to take their place—Let the shipment of such as can be spared before their places are filled, be commenced at once." Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Cumberland.
On April 20, Burnside telegraphed to USG. "Lt Jno B. Parke 17th U. S. Infy Army Potomac is cousin of Maj Genl Parke Cannot he be detailed as Aide De Camp for Genl Parke." Telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received; copy, ibid., RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Burnside. "To detail Lt. Parke as Aid to Gen Parke would be a violation of the law requiring Aides to Volunteer Generals to be taken from the Volunteer service and also of the order requiring Staff officers to be selected from the command of the officeron whose staff they are called to serve." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.