I left Fort Monroe and proceeded to City Point in the Steamer Russia, and on to Manchester, opposite Richmond, via Petersburg, by rail. I found that both wings of the army had arrived from Raleigh, and in camp in and around Manchester. I telegraphed General Grant for orders, and reported my arrival to General Halleck by letter. I found that General Halleck had ordered General Davis’s corps for review by himself. This I forbade. All the army knew of the insult that had been made me by the Secretary of War and General Halleck, and watched me closely to see if I would tamely submit. I am writing a full and complete report of all these events, from the last report made at Goldsboro’ up to date.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Manchester, Va., May 9, 1865
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, Commander-in-Chief:
GENERAL: I have joined my army at Manchester, opposite Richmond, and await your orders. general Wilson telegraphs through General Schofield for hay and forage for 20,000 animals to be sent up the Savannah River to Augusta. Under Secretary Stanton’s newspaper orders taking Wilson substantially from my command, I wish you would give the orders necessary for the case.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding
CITY POINT, VA., May 9, 1865. 12:30 p.m.
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, Washington;
I have the honor to report my arrival at City Point pursuant to your orders, and my army is reported by General Easton, quartermaster to be at Manchester, opposite Richmond. I have as yet seen no orders for me to come on to Alexandria although that was contemplated by you at Raleigh. Will you please telegraph me orders at Manchester, where I will forthwith join the army. I have nothing from you since you left Raleigh.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Manchester, Va., May 9, 1865.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Commanding Division of the James, Richmond:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report my arrival and that I have assumed immediate command of this army and await General Grant’s orders. If you have any general orders, relating to the march of the armies northward, I will be obliged for a copy. The review ordered by Major-General Davis in Richmond will not take place.
I am, &c., your obedient servant,
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE JAMES, Richmond, Va., May 9, 1865.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Manchester:
GENERAL: Your official letter of this date is received. I have no orders from General Grant is regard to your army other than that, in your absence, the several corps would march to Alexandria without awaiting your arrival. At the request of General Slocum I telegraphed to General Meade to leave his pontoon bridge over the Rappahannock River for the use of your army. He has replied today that he would leave a bridge at Franklin’s Crossing, mouth of Deep Run.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. W. HALLECK,
HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI Numbers 2. Alexandria, Va., May 9, 1865.
The following resolutions adopted by the respective State governments therein named are published for the information of the command:
Senate Concurrent Resolutions, No. 6.
Whereas the city of Savannah, Ga. has been captured by the Union forces, and the old flag now floats unchallenged over that Atlantic port, and until now a stronghold of rebeldom:
Resolved by the State (the Assembly concurring), That the thanks and congratulations of the State of Nevada be extended to the gallant Sherman and his army, who have gained this great victory after a march unparalleled in courage of design and brilliancy of execution:
Resolved, That the governor be authorized to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the Secretary of War, with the request that the same to the major-general commanding the Union army of the southeast.
Adopted December 29, 1864.
Concurrent Resolutions Complimentary to Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, and Thomas, and to Vice-Admiral Farragut and Commodore Winslow:
Resolved, That the thanks of the Legislature representing the State of New York, are hereby tendered to Major General William T. Sherman, and to the officers and men of his command, for the series of superb victories culminating in the capture of Atlanta and for the skillfully executed march from the mountains to the sea, which challenged the admiration of the world, resulted in the capture of Savannah with many millions of public property and demonstrated that the so-called Confederacy is indeed but a shell;
Resolved, That His Excellency the governor is hereby respectfully requested to transmit a copy of each of the foregoing resolutions to the officers specially named therein.
Adopted January, 1865.
Resolutions of thanks to Major General William T. Sherman.
Resolved, That the thanks of the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island are hereby tendered to Major General William T. Sherman, and to the officers and men of his command, for the series of brilliant victories culminating in the capture of Atlanta and for the skillfully executed march from the mountains to the sea, resulting in the capture of Savannah with many millions of public property.
Resolved, That His Excellency the governor be requested to transmit a copy of the above resolutions to Major-General Sherman.
Adopted January session, 1865.
By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
L. M. DAYTON, Assistant Adjutant-General