WASHINGTON, October 28, 1864-12 m.
Saint Louis, Mo.:
General Grant thinks you can and ought to send troops to assist General Thomas. The latter wishes that any you can spare should go up the Tennessee River, if possible, as far as Eastport, under convoy of gun-boats. Communicate with him at Nashville. I shall be absent from Washington for several days.*
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
MILWAUKEE, October 28, 1864.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:
Four companies Thirtieth Wisconsin were sent to Saint Louis by a misapprehension of commanding officer at Saint Paul. Their proper destination was Nashville, via Louisville. The commanding officer of these companies will probably report to you to-day. Please show him this dispatch, and order transportation to be furnished by rail to Louisville.
WARRENSBURG, MO., October 28, 1864-6.25 p. m.
Colonel WILLIAM MYERS,
Chief Quartermaster, Saint Louis:
When will the Southwest Branch be opened to Rolla? What has been done as to rebuilding the Gasconade and Osage bridges? Ascertain the difference in cost between a wood and an iron bridge over the La Mine.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
WARRENSBURG, MO., October 28, 1864.
Colonel JOSEPH DARR, Jr.,
Acting Provost-Marshal-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:
Instruct your provost-marshals to receive all prisoners turned over by military authorities as prisoners of war, deserters, conscripts, &c; to examine each one strictly, and send report of examination to you. If action is necessary, send papers with prisoners to you. Lists of prisoners should be made out as descriptive rolls, and, if possible, on paper of uniform size.
JOHN V. DU BOIS,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
*For Rosecrans to Sherman (two dispatches), Halleck to Thomas, and Thomas to Rosecrans, in relation to this subject, see October 28, Vol. XXXIX, Part III, pp. 477, 482, 483.