I wrote Gen. Halleck,
CULPEPER COURT-HOUSE, VA., April 28, 1864-11 p. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
General Banks’ dispatch of the 17th received. I do not see that better orders can be given than those a few days ago. If General Banks has not advanced on Shreveport and beaten the enemy then Steele will be exposed to a superior force as to make it necessary to re-enforce him. I would order in this event A. J. Smith’s whole force to General Steele. General Banks, by his failure, has absorbed 10,000 veteran troops that should now be with General Sherman and 30,000 of his own that would have been moving toward Mobile, and this without accomplishing any good result.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 363-4
O.R., I, xxxiv, part 3, p 316