as now, leaving Gen'l Canby 1 temporarily in your place. I believe it would be the best that can be done. I am well aware of the importance of your remaining where you are at this time and the only question is, which of the two duties is the most important, If a commander must be taken from out there to take general charge I would give it to Gen Steele, giving Gen Reynolds his place—
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, xxxiv, part 3, 331. See preceding telegram.
Also on April 29, 1864, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Send all the Horses for the Army of Potomac here instead of mounting men there—Horses are now worth more than men & horses" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copy, ibid., RG 92, Supplies and Purchases, Public Animals, Letters Received.
Head Qrs. Armies in the Field,
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 29th 1864
MAJ. GEN. HALLECK,
CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY,
If General Gilmore reaches Fortress Monroe in time, and if four of the Iron Clads promised by the Navy are also there, our advance will commence on the 4th of May. 1 Gen. Butler will operate on the South side of James River, Richmond being his objective point. I will move against Lee's Army attempting to turn him by one flank or the other. Should Lee fall back within his for