War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0169 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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there very soon. General Sherman was anxiously expecting the troops that were to sail from Baltimore, but nothing had been heard from them. General Terry wanted the residue of his own division to be sent him. Your recommendation of General Terry for brigadier in the regular service will be carried out. While at Fort Fisher I gave him an appointment of full major-general, and wound have also given the brigadiership, but General Townsend says that there is no vacancy. I am sure there is. It was understood at Savannah that Beauregard had gone west to bring down Hood's forces to operate against Sherman.

E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

FORT MONROE, January 18, 1865.

(Received 8.45 a. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

The hospital steamer S. R. Spaulding, a fast sailer, on which I came up, will return to Fort Fisher at 12 o'clock to-day. If you have any dispatches or messages to send to General Terry, she will afforced the best and surest opportunity. She is at Fortress Monroe. I am just starting for Washington.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

CITY POINT, VA., January 18, 1865 - 9.30 a. m.

(Received 10.50 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War, Washington:

I was just starting to Fort Monroe to meet you when your dispatch was received announcing that you were about starting for Washington. Your dispatch of 10 a. [p.] m., 17th did not reach me until about 1 this morning, and was immediately replied to.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., January 18, 1865 - 1.30 p. m.

(Received 2.55 p. m.)

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Cannot the troops now in the Department of Virginia, and comprising the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Corps, be named as a grand army corps, or given some name to entitle the commanding officer the staff of a corps commander? I understand the auditors are rejecting the accounts of department staff officers where the department has not a corps organization.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.