I have learned that Gen. Schofield has been placed under my command. I believe he will best use to relieve Gen. Foster until he can recover from his leg injury. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
SAINT LOUIS, MO., January 27, 1864.
Understanding that General Schofield is ordered to report to me, I would request that he be assigned to the command of the Department of the Ohio and General Stoneman ot command of Twenty-third Army Corps. No objection to General Foster, but I fear that if he does not attend soon to his wounded leg it will be too late, and he is now entirely unfit for field duty.
U. S. GRANT,
I received a response directly from the Secretary of War.
WASHINGTON, D. C., January 27, 1864-7.50 p. m.
Major General U. S. GRANT,
Saint louis, Mo.:
Your telegram of this date to General Halleck has just been received. According to your request General Schofield is assigned to the command of the Department of the Ohio and General Foster relieved. General Stoneman is assigned to the command of the Twenty-third Army Corps. The official orders will be transmitted to-morrow, the General-in-Chief having gone to his residence in the country this evening.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 67-8
O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, p 229-30