“I do, however, think it of very great importance that General Rosecrans should be removed”

I have written again to Gen. Halleck, urging the removal of Gen. Rosecrans.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, City Point, Va., November 20, 1864.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff of the Army:

GENERAL: I have just dispatched to you requesting that the Department of the Northwest, Missouri, and Kansas be erected into a military division and that General Pope be assigned to the command. I think it is highly essential that the territory embraced in these three departments should all be under one head. The importance of this change is much increased because of the inefficiency of two of the commanders of departments named, one of whom I suppose cannot well be removed. I do, however, think it of very great importance that General Rosecrans should be removed.

There is no fault with General Canby that induces me to recommend a curtailment of his command, but being at such a distance form Missouri he cannot direct affairs there as well it can be done from Washington. I wish you would lay this matter before the Secretary of War and urge that the change be immediately made. With Pope in command we secure at least two advantages we have not heretofore had, namely, subordination and intelligence of administration.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 35-6

O.R., I, xli, part 4, p 716

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