Please keep me advised of the number of horses shipped and on the way to this military division. I will gladly co-operate with you and aid you in every way possible in your efforts to supply cur cavalry at the West.
WM. SOOY SMITH,
Brigadier General, Chief of Cavalry, Mil. Div. of the Mississippi.
[APRIL 16, 1864.- For Grant and Sherman to Rosecrans, about sending troops to Cairo, Ili., see Vol. XXXIV, Part III, p.184.]
April 16, 1864-1.15 p.m.
Governor Bramlette is extremely anxious to have the western counties of Kentucky included in the same command as the remainder of the State, so that the whole State may be under command of General Burbridge. Is there any objection to the change being made?
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War .
CULPEPER COURT-HOUSE, April 16, 1864.
(Received 3.40 p.m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
The only objection to West Kentucky being placed under General Burbridge is that it belongs to a different department from the balance of the State. Officer cannot well make returns and reports to two departments, and it would not be advisable to add that part of Kentucky to the Department of the Ohio. In consequence of the weakness exhibited by the commander of West Kentucky, I expect to send another general there, and the one I have selected ranks above Burbridge. The latter has now as much as he can attend to well.
U. S. GRANT,
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, Tenn., April 16, 1864.
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IV. Major General John Newton, U. S. Volunteers, having reported at these headquarters, is assigned to the command of the Second Division of the Fourth Army Corps, and will report in person to Major General O. O. Howard, commanding the corps.
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XXIII. The following transfers are hereby made in the Twentieth Army Corps:
The Twentieth Connecticut Infantry is transferred from the First Brigade, First Division, Twentieth Army Corps, to the Second Brigade, Third Division, Twentieth Army Corps.