War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0409 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

Search Civil War Official Records

Corps and the Twenty-eighth Kentucky is transferred from the Second Division, Fourteenth Army Corps, to First Brigade, Second Division, Fourth Army Corps.

* * * * *

By command of Major-General Thomas:

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES IN THE FIELD,

Culpeper Court-House, Va., April 19, 1864.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: Since my letter to you I have seen no reason to change any portion of the general plan of campaign, if the enemy remain still and allow us to take the initiative. Rain has continued so un-interruptedly until the last day or two that it will be impossible to move, however, before the 27th, even if no more should fall in the mean time. I think Saturday, the 30th will probably be the day for our general move.

Colonel Comstock, who will take this, can spend a day with you, and fill up many little gap of information not given in any of my letters.

What I now want more particularly to say is, that if the two main attacks yours and the one from here, should promise great success, the enemy may, in a fit of desperation, abandon one part of their line of defense and throw their whole strength upon a single army, believing that a defeat with one victory to sustain them is better than a defeat all along their line; and hoping, too, at the same time, that the army meeting with no resistance will rest perfectly satisfied with their laurels, having penetrated to a given point south, thereby enabling them to throw their force first upon one and then on the other.

With the majority of military commanders, they might do this. But you have had too much experience in traveling light and subsisting upon the country to be caught be any such ruse. I hope my experience has not been thrown away. My directions, them, would be, if the enemy in your front show signs of joining Lee, follow him up to the full extent of your ability. I will prevent the concentration of Lee upon your front if it is in the power of this army to do it.

The Army of the Potomac looks well, and so far as I can judge, officers and men feel well.

Yours, truly,

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Nashville, Tenn., April 19, 1864.

General THOMAS,

Chattanooga:

I taxed telegraph for publishing the fact that Hardee's corps was ordered from Johnston to Richmond. This dispatch has led to inquiries of me by General G ant and others as to its truth. Tell