everything else to the success of your impending military operations; and if you deem either or both of the propositions essential, or in any important degree as likely to facilitate the military operations under your immediate supervision, or those under General Sherman, I will, at whatever sacrifice of convenience, adopt them. In respect to Genl. Allen, I do not perceive that the proposed order would confer upon him any more power than he has exercised during this war, but would only relieve him from the post at which his supervision can most conveniently be exercised, and commit to subordinates that immediate control which the vast operations of the Quartermaster's Department in the West require. In this respect, while appreciating the desire of General Sherman to have an able Quartermaster attendant upon him, I cannot avoid the conclusion that very serious embarrassment may arise, and perhaps much hazard to the Government, in committing the vast outlays of the Department to subordinates, however well selected they may be. The same observation also applies in respect to General Meigs. The principal expenditures of the war, as you are aware, pass through the Quarter‐ master's Department, and no one, so well as yourself, understands the importance of having at their proper posts the officers exercising the power of Quartermaster General at Washington, and Chief Quartermaster in the West. If, however, in your judgment, their duties can be performed by these officers in the field, without injury to the service, and you deem their presence essential to yourself or to General Sherman, the order will be made. You will please favor me with your views upon this question. I ask it, not for the purpose of diminishing my own responsibility in the conclusion to which the Department will arrive—for that I am always ready to assume and bear—but for the sole purpose of benefiting by your judgment and conforming to your wishes. I have sent Mr. Dana specially, in order to have an immediate answer." Copy, DLC-Edwin M. Stanton. On April 29, Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs wrote to USG. "I send you a copy of the reply of the Secretary of War to my formal request to accompany you on the approaching campaign. It seems that the Secretary is of opinion that I cannot be spared from Washington & I must abandon the hope of seeing this great campaign in person. God grant you success & victory & enable you to restore by short sharp & decisive measures peace & unity to our distracted country. While the decision of the Secretary is a sore disappointment to me—I shall cheerfull[y] obey his orders & exert myself in this station for the success of our armies." ALS, DNA, RG 92, Miscellaneous Letters Sent (Press).
Culpepper Apl 27 1864
MAJ GEN HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
Cannot the Bridges between Bull Run & Rappahannock be held when we move from here by troops from Washington ( ?) Block house have been built so that two thousand (2000) men would be sufficient whilst the enemy is in front—They should be