Sherman Gives Control of Army to Thomas. Wants Furloughed Vets to ReturnSherman Gives Control of Army to Thomas
Hdqrs. Military Division of the Mississippi, Nashville, April 6, 1864.
Sherman to Thomas (Comdg. Department of the Cumberland, Chattanooga):
(Army will) "retain control over our furloughed veterans."
"I have ordered, through the State authorities, all absentees to come forward at once, or at furthest at the expiration of their furloughs. I have also sent forward to General Schofield a division of 5,000 infantry (Hovey's), which once at or near Hiwassee will enable you to draw below that river all of the Fourth Corps heretofore detached. These changes simply give you the absolute control of the Army of the Cumberland proper, in a shape that will enable you to handle and control it perfectly."
Official Records, Series 1, Volume 32, Part 3 (Correspondence, etc.), 271-272.
Men Protest Suspension of Furlough; Offer to Reenlist if Furloughed.Men protest the army's plan to retain control over furloughed veterans (not allowing reenlisting veterans to furlough). Men say they will reenlist if they can get the furlough.
Official Records, Series 1, Volume 32, Part 3, 60.
RELATED: FURLOUGH, STATE OF CAVALRY; OTHER CORRESPONDENCE
Condition of Cavalry, Furloughs, and Horse Problems
Grierson to Thomas, April 18, 1864.
Eight regiments under Grierson's command have furloughed. Suggestion for setting price for northern horses and impressing horses if citizens won't accept the price. Mount all men in unit or else dismount and train them as infantry.
Official Records, Series 1, Volume 32, Part 3, 406-407.
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.