“I think I will send them to the Dry Tortugas for duty without commands for a while”

I replied to Sec. Stanton’s message concerning information about Gen. Sherman’s movements being reported in the press.

CITY POINT, VA., November 12, 1864.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The publication referred to in my dispatch seemed to originate in an Indianapolis paper on the authority of army officers direct from Chattanooga. I will send a staff officer WEST in the morning to ascertain who those officers are, and order them here. I think I will send them to the Dry Tortugas for duty without commands for a while, as a warning to the others that they are not to report military movements in advance of their being made.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 410-1

O.R., I, xxxix, part 3, p 749

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