Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 992. On April 26, 1864, 2:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck had telegraphed to USG. "A spy, whose information has [here]tofore proved correct, reports on the 16th that Longstreets baggage was at Richmond & his artillery at Lynchburg, that Pickett was sending five or six thousand men from North Carolina to Lee, & that the latter had eighty days supplies at Gordonsville. Also that the rebels [w]ere planting torpedoes in the Rappahannock below Tappahannock" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 982.
On April 27, 1:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel. "There are indications and rumors of an intention on the part of the enemy to move a force down the Shanandoah valley. Use every effort to get information as far up in that direction as you can, and report everything you learn." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; Sigel Papers, OClWHi. O. R., I, xxxiii, 997. On the same day, Sigel twice telegraphed to USG. "Your dispatch in regard to movement in the Shenandoah Valley received I will do every thing to find out and report" "Six Rebel prisoners of Gillmores Battallion were brought in yesterday. I examined them. They wish to be exchanged and go back to the Southern Army with the exception of an Irishma[n] a Sailor who wishes to take the oath of allegiance—I had a private interview with him and he says the following— 'Longstreets troops were encamped on last Saturday between Charlotte[s]ville and Gordonsville on his way to Lee. He says that two men cam[e] from Richmond to join Gillmores Battallion at Mount Jackson—They told him that Roland was on the peninsula and that Wise has taken command at Charleston. Opinion prevails in the south that we have got tired of Charleston. He assures me tha[t] there is no truth in the rumor of Johnson having joined Lees army, at least there was nothing known about it at Stanton and in the valley—He says that Genl Elsey at Stanton is authorized to strengthen his Division assisted by Marshal Kane of Baltimore from all Marylanders of Lees army and other commands but that Lee refused to let them go. Imboden has been made a Maj Genl and Gillmore is before a court martial for robbing citizens on the Railroad instead of destroying bridges and cars when he made his last raid—Our Cavalry had a successful skirmish yesterday at Springfield north of Romney" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, Sigel Papers, OClWHi. O. R., I, xxxiii, 997, 998.
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 27th 1864
This is my forty second birth day. Getting old am I not?—I received a very short letter from you this evening scratched off in a very great hurry as if you had something much more pleasing if not more important to do than to write to me. I'll excuse you though.