General Meigs has agreed to allow General Allen to serve as my chief quartermaster. He will have clear authority to carry out my orders. This will alleviate confusion over the provision of supplies.
April 7, 1864
General Meigs, Quartermaster-General, Washington, D. C.:
Your dispatch is this moment received, and is fully satisfactory. I have had much conversation with General Allen, and think I can arrange to have him and yet to till tho place I deem necessary. If announced as my chief quartermaster ho would not feel the delicacy he now expresses to make orders or give instructions affecting officers now not clearly under him. I will confer with him further and advise you of the result. All is working well now. By marching troops, forbidding all railroad business but pure military freight, we have much enlarged our work.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General