“There are rumors brought in by deserters that Longstreet … will move down the Shenandoah Valley”

I wrote Gen. Halleck,

CULPEPER, VA., April 27, 1864-1.30 p.m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

There are rumors brought in by deserters that Longstreet, re-enforced by Beauregard’s troops, will move down the Shenandoah Valley. Should they do so, throw all the force as necessary. If such a movement is commenced by the enemy after we start from here I will follow him with force enough to prevent his return south.




I also forwarded this info to Gen. Sigel.

CULPEPER, April 27, 1864-1.30 p.m.

Major-General SIGEL, Cumberland, Md.:

There are indications and rumors of an intention on the part of the enemy to move a force down the Shenandoah Valley. Use every effort to get information as far up in that direction as you can, and report everything you learn.




The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 361-2

O.R., I, xxxiii, p 992, 997