The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 32, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc. Page: 406
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KY., SW. VA., 'ENN., MiSS., ALA., AND . GA. [CHAP. X.LIV.
Kentucky, and to determine whether with the force under my com-
mand and under the orders received from my superiors the disasters
which have occurred could have been prevented.
I am not willing to rest under the imputation of " marked timidity,"
and request what I believe is assured me by the Regulations-an
inquiry by competent and disinterested officers.
The telegram referred to is subjoined.*
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
S. A. HURLBUT,
Major-General of Volunteers.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Nashville, Tenn., April 23, 1864.
If General Hurlbut wants an inquiry there is no objection.
W. T. SHERMAN,
APRIL 30, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded to Lieutenant-General Grant for his orders.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
In Field, Culpeper Court-House, Va., May 2, 1864.
It is not consistent with the interests of the public service to con-
vene the court of inquiry demanded by Maj. Gen. S. A. Hurlbut.
Whether his course was "timid" or not, it has been unsatisfactory.
The propriety of relieving a subordinate officer when it is believed
that some other officer can act more efficiently is beyond question,
and it is not necessary or proper to assign specific reasons for such
a change or to codvene a court to determine whether injustice has
been done the officer so relieved.
U. S. GRANT,
HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., April 18, 1864.
Brig. Gen. L. 'THOMAS,
Adjutant-General, U. S. Army:
GENERAL: I beg leave through you to invite the attention of the
War Department to the condition of the cavalry under my com-
First. Eight regiments, the oldest and most experienced in the
command, have re-enlisted as veterans, and been sent home on fur-
lough. Two of these, the Third Michigan and Seventh Kansas, were
* See Sherman to Hurlbut, April 16, p. 881.
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