as to the propriety of allowing Cadet Walker to Serve on the staff of some Genl during the approaching Campaign—I declined assigning him because he has been suspended from West Point as a punishment 2
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). On May 1, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to USG. "Your action in relation to Cadet Walker is approved. If the Cadets can get into the field as aids it will be a strong [t]emptation to get suspended.Should he [b]e permitted to remain with the army? It seems to me he should be ordered away and if you concur send him off. There is no objection to Lieutenant Worth remaining on General Hunts Staff and he has permission to do so if you do not think his services more valuable elsewhere." ALS (telegram sent), ibid.; telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. On the same day, USG telegraphed to hd. qrs., Army of the Potomac. "Authorizing Genl Hunt to retain Lt. Worth on his staff." Ibid., RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Register of Letters Received.
Culpepper 10 a m May 1st 64
MAJ GEN W S ROSECRANS
Have you sent any troops from your department at any time in obedience to orders from me?
The troops which you are detailing without authority, and in violation of orders are a part of the garrison for keeping open the Mississippi. With the troops belonging to your department proper, with other commanders interposing between you and all organized forces of the enemy, I do not understand your threat of disaster as a consequence of permitting veterans to return to where they belong, unless it means that you must do as you please or be held in no way responsible.