HON EDWIN M STANTON
SECY OF WAR.
Your despatch giving information derived from rebel Lieutenant] received. It will not be necessary to send the Lieutenant here as th[e] despatch is very full. I do not place great reliance on the information because I do not see how an officer of that ran[k] comes to know so much of futur[e] plans, but I will watch
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, xxxvi, part 2, 319. On April 30, 1864, 10:35 P. M., Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to USG. "A rebel Captain who came within our lines as a deserter was arrested in Baltimore today. General Wallace sends a long statement by him as to the position of the enemies forces their condition &c the principal points of which will be telegraphed tonight and the whole statement by mail. I have ordered the prisoner here for examination and if you wish to see him will forward him to you. How much of his true and how much romance you can judge" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 1022. On the same day, Stanton telegraphed to USG a detailed account of the inaccurate information supplied by the C. S. A. officer. LS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 1022-23.
May 1 1864.
HON E M STANTON
Is there any objections to Lieut Worth remaining on the Staff of Gen H J Hunt 1 He has been there a long time & Gen Hunt is desirous of retaining him I have received no reply to my question