effective cavalry command in the West. I had hoped that General Hatch, as well as Colonel Winslow, would return to this point. I could then take into the field an effective force of 6,000 mounted men, and at the same time leave cavalry here for all practical purposes. With this force I could make the trip of which you speak through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia with success and eminent advantage to the service. I would respectfully and earnestly request, general, the necessary orders from you to organize my command, including General Hatch's DIVISION, and that I may be permitted to lead into the field in person the troops with whom I have been identified as commander for the pat eighteen months.
I send Captain S. L. Woodward, of my staff, with this, and to see you in person. He can explain fully the condition of my command, and I wish through him to make some suggestions which I trust may meet your approval.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. H. GRIERSON.
WASHINGTON, October 31, 1864-1. 30 p. m.
The alterations mentioned in your letter of October 19 will be provided for by the depots at Hilton Head and Pensacola, with means of transportation to any point where required.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, October 31, 1864.
Lieutenant-General Grant directs that one-half of the supplies heretofore ordered to be placed in depot at Hilton Head as contingent supplies for General Sherman's army be placed in depot at Pensacola harbor. An officer of each department should be charged with receiving and properly storing these supplies.
H. W. HALLECK.
(Same to Chief of Ordnance and the Commissary-General of Subsistence.)
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 31, 1864.
Make arrangements to move the Twenty-THIRD Corps, General Schofield's, from Resaca to Nashville in cars empty.
W. T. SHERMAN,
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