tween here & Fredericksburg. All offensive operations necessarily cease until we can have twenty four hours of dry weather.
The army is in the best of spirits and feel greatest confidence in ultimate success. The promptness with which you have forwarded reinforcements will contribute greatly to diminishing our mortality list and insuring a complete victory You can assure the President and Secretary of War that the elements alone have suspended hostilities and that it is no manner due to weakness or exhaustion on our part
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 5; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 809-10.
Near Spottsylvania C H
May 16th 1864 5 P M
MAJ GEN HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
Private letters 1 and Official statements from the Department of the Gulf, show such a state of affairs there as to demand (in my opinion) the immediate removal of Genl Banks—The Army has undoubtedly lost confidence in him—I would suggest the appointment of Franklin to the command of the Nineteenth 19th Corps, and Reynolds or Hunter to the command of the Department. This is sent on the supposition that Canby has gone in command of the Military Division of the Trans-Mississippi-If Canby has simply relieved Banks in command of the Department, then the change will be satisfactory
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 615. On