Head Quarters, Armies in the Field,
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 27th/64
HON. E. M. STANTON,
SEC. OF WAR,
Your letter of yesterday enclosing one from Gen. Sherman to the Q. M. Gen., one from the latter to yourself, and copy of a proposed order requiring the Quartermaster General of the Army to accompany these Hd Qrs. in the Field, and Gen. Allen to accompany the Comd.g officer of the Military Division of the Miss. in the same way, is just received. —I do not think the order should be made. Whilst personally I should like very well to have Gen. Meigs with me in the approaching campaign, I must say, when called onto speak officially of the necessity for it, that in the capacity of Quartermaster General of the Army he can render this Army no special service with it that he cannot render through his Agts. in the field, from his place in Washington. —The same is true with reference to Gen. Allen in the West. His duties as supervising Qr. Mr. of the West embrases several Departments besides those embrased in the Mil. Div. of the Miss. To go into the field himself, he must neglect these interests, or entrust them to subordinates. —If Gen. Meigs be authorized to take the field, I would say that it should be on the authority of the Sec. of War but not under orders making it obligatory.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 107, Letters Received from Bureaus, AG 1312 1864. On April 26, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton wrote to USG. "I refer to you a communication addressed to this Department by Quartermaster General Meigs, suggesting that he should be sent into the field with you in the approaching campaign, and also a proposed order in reference to sending General Allen into the field with General Sherman, which this Department is asked to sanction. It is my wish, in every thing, to conform to whatever you desire, and to subordinate