4 30 P M Apl 21, 1864
HON EDWIN M STANTON
SECRETARY OF WAR,
As a rule I would oppose receiving men fora short term, but if one hundred thousand (100,000) men can be raised in the time proposed by the Governors of Ohio Indiana Illinois & Iowa they might come at such a crisis as to be of vast importance I would not recommend accepting them in lieu of Quotas now due on any previous calls for three years troops. Otherwise I would.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., III, iv, 239. On April 21, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to USG. "The Governors of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa are here, and propose to offer to the Government one hundred thousand men, to be ready for the field, clothed, armed, and fully equipped, within twenty days from date of notice, and to serve for the period of three months in fortifications, or wherever else their services may be required, and in any State. The Department would be glad to have your opinion as to whether this offer should be accepted or refused." LS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., III, iv, 238-39. For the proposal of the governors (including Wis. ) and President Abraham Lincoln's favorable endorsement, see Lincoln, Works, VII, 312-13.
Also on April 21, Stanton telegraphed to USG. "General Canby reports that he will forward by Saturday or Sunday the 14th New York Heavy Artillery, the 4th U S Infantry 329—the 8th infantry 321 and the 14th Infantry 263—making in all twenty eight hundred and eighteen." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). On the same day, 8:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Stanton. "With men of force like Canby to inspect, troops can be drawn out from all the northern Depts as he has done in N. York. I left directions to have all troops coming to Washington to be reported to Gen Burnside for assignment to brigades." Telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59.