Colonel McCandless Commanding Pa Reserves The orders in reference to the relieving of the 5th Corps on the R. R. had been given when your telegram of this A. M. was received" Copies, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Sent; Meade Papers, PHi.
From Culpepper April 23d 1864 5 P. M.
TO MAJ GEN'L B F BUTLER COM'D'G
FT. MONROE VA
General Halleck telegraphs me that one iron clad reached Ft. Monroe this morning. One on way from Boston. One leaves New York today. One Philadelphia Monday. Will probably have six ( 6) there in course of a week.
Some of the prisoners paroled from Ft. Monroe are known to be in our front now.
I do not want to place you in a position to show bad faith in our dealings with the Rebels as they have done with us, but before sending another man, who by any possibility can do duty in the next three (3) months, I would have an explanation on what ground they have placed men on duty, released by you on parole. —
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-Benjamin F. Butler; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; (incomplete) USG 3. O. R., I, xxxiii, 957. On April 22, 1864, 11:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Genl Butler reports that no Iron clads have yet gone to Fort Monroe. Will you please have inquiries made of the Secretary of the Navy if they are yet ready and will go soon" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 946. On April 23, 11:30 A. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Capt Fox says one iron-clad reached Fort Monroe this morning, one on the way from Boston, one leaves New York to day, —one Philadelphia monday—will probably have six there in course of a week. Says rebel ram in Albemarle Sound has only four small guns & that panic is unfounded. Near two thousand effective at Plymouth & same at Little Washington by last returns. To withdraw garrisons now would be difficult & sacrifice heavy artillery, and union people. Said to have thirty days supplies. Will write you the reasons of joint board of Army & Navy officers for occupying these places. To save time, have Genl Butler telegraph direct to you. Copies will always be taken