Grant sent me an “I told you so”:
Culpeper, April 22, 1864; noon. Major General Sherman, Nashville, Tenn.;
Dispatch just received from General Brayman satisfies me of what I always believed, that forces sent to Banks would be lost for our spring; campaign.
You will nave to make your calculations now leaving A. J. Smith out. Do not let this delay or embarrass, however. Leave for him, if he should return, such directions as you deem most advisable. He may return in time to be thrown in somewhere, very opportunely.
U.S. GRANT, Lieutenant- General
Thomas wants to visit, but is unsure of his subordinates.:
Gen. G. H. Thomas, Chattanooga:
Give full instructions to General Hooker. Notify Generals Howard and Schofield of your temporary absence, and come up for a day. If you feel the least doubt, however, I will come down.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major- General