should now be with Genl Sherman, and thirty thousand (30.000) of his own that would have been moving towards Mobile, and this without accomplishing any good result.
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xsxiv, part 3, 316.
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 28th/64
MAJ. GEN. BUTLER,
COMD. G DEPT. OF VA. & N. C.
If no unforeseen accident prevents I will move from here on Wednsday the 4th of May. Start your forces the night of the 4th so as to be as far up James River as you can get by daylight the morning of the 5th and push from that time with all your might for the accomplishment of the object before you. Should anything transpire to delay my movement I will telegraph you.
Acknowledge the receipt of this by telegraph.
Everything possible is now being done to accumulate a force in Washington from the Northern States, ready to reinforce any weak point. I will instruct General Halleck to send them to you should the enemy fall behind his fortifications in Richmond. You will therefore keep the Hd Qrs. in Washington advised of every move of the enemy so far as you know them.
I am Gen. very respectfully
Your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DLC-Benjamin F. Butler. O. R., I, xxxiii, 1009; O. R. (Navy), I, ix, 713.
On April 28, 1864, Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, Fort Monroe, telegraphed