I replied to Sec. Stanton’s message of yesterday.
CITY POINT, VA., October 24, 1864.
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:
The very significant dispatches sent by private hands and your letter in relation to affairs in New york are received. It is consoling to know that Sheridan defeated the first part of the rebel programme so signally. I am at a loss to know what was expected to be done in the North further than to colonize voters, unless it is to control the polls by violence at stated points where their imported voters are colonized. I had ordered another regiment of regulars to report to General Dix before receiving your letter. I see the absolute necessity of further re-enforcing him, and it must be done. I do not like the idea of sending troops from here, but if they cannot be spared from elsewhere, they must go from here. Cannot two or three of the new regiments now raised in the North be sent there? I would not advise taking New York regiments, but those from Pennsylvania or the New England States would answer. Please telegraph me whether you can send General Dix the necessary re-enforcements in the manner here proposed. Price, I presume, is now about leaving Missouri, having accomplished his mission. If so, Rosecrans can send the required troops to New York.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 339-40
O.R., I, xliii, part 2, p 456-7