CAIRO, April 27, 1864.
Have seen your dispatch of yesterday to General Brayman. Am waiting for transports and ammunition, which should have been here from Saint Louis yesterday. Think I can get off in the morning. Will not delay a moment.
W. Q. GRESHAM,
CAIRO, April 27, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN:
Does your dispatch of yesterday to General Bryman include more than the command of General Gresham? The Twentieth, Thirty-first, and Forty-fifth Illinois, and Twentieth, Sixty-eighth, and Seventy-eighth Ohio have not yet returned. The Eighty-first, Ninety-fifth Illinois, and Fourteenth Wisconsin are on Red River expedition. I am doing all in my power to hasten the organization of division. Crocker's division in same condition as mine. Gresham expects to get off to-night. He has been delayed by quartermaster and ordnance officers at Saint Louis.
M. D. LEGGETT,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,
Memphis, Tenn., April 27, 1864.
Major General J. B. McPHERSON,
Commanding Department of the Tennessee:
GENERAL: I avail myself of the opportunity offered by one of your staff to say that I arrived here and took command five days ago. I found the condition of matters here most deplorable, and the troops in wretched condition. The cavalry was all broken down, and less than 2,000 could be mounted. I have worked night and day since I came here to get the troops into some kind of shape to enable me to move after Forrest. He is still hovering round, 7,000 or 8,000 strong. I have sent to Vicksburg for cavalry, and the moment they arrive I shall send out a force that I am certain will whip him and drive him from the State. I have seized all the horses here, with which I shall mount the dismounted cavalry, and by this means and by the help from Vicksburg I hope to make a satisfactory campaign. I have only about 2,500 white infantry here, 2,000 of which I shall send out to support the cavalry. I shall move early Saturday morning. Brigadier-General Sturgis has arrived and will command the expedition.
I am, general, your obedient servant,
C. C. WASHBURN,
P. S.-What am I to understand my command to consist of? Are the troops at Cairo, Paducah, and Columbus under my orders, and, if not, what are the limits of the District of West Tennessee?