the date of his own muster into service. If by reenlisting his men or by obtaining new recruits for his regiment he can keep it up to a fair organization I would recommend that he be notified that he and the regt. will be retained in the service to the expiration of the War, or so long as its services may be required." AES, ibid.
On April 27, Brig. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem, Nashville, had telegraphed to USG. "On my return to Nashville last night I recd your dispatch & Col Steinberger also yours to Gen Sherman, there is no vacancy in any Tenn Cavalry regt above the rank of Major, when the Command of a regt becomes vacant we shall be glad to avail ourselves of Col Steinberger experience & services" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound).
Apr. 29th. 1864 10 30 a m
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF.
On due reflection, I do not see that anything can be done this spring with troops West of the Mississippi except on that side. I think therefore it will be better to put the whole of that territory into one military Division under some good officer and let him work out of present difficulties without reference to previous instructions. All instructions that have been given have been given with the view of getting as many of these troops East of the Mississippi as possible
U. S. GRANT Lt Genl
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 331. On April 29, 1864, 2:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Your telegram of 10.30 A M has been recieved & submitted to the Secty of War. You do not name any officer for the Trans. Miss. command. Did you propose to leave Banks in the General command, or only of his present Dept, or to supercede him entirely? I will immediately write you confidentially the difficulties in the way of removing Genl Banks, as I understand them." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 331. On the same day, Halleck wrote to USG. "confidential... I fully agree with you that after Genl Banks long delays,