Sherman: “If I have proven incompetent to manage my own command let me know it”

I received the following two dispatches from Gen. Sherman sent yesterday.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 8, 1865.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, Washington:

Am just arrived. All well with Schofield. Expect to reach City Point to-morrow and receive my orders from you. Did you get my dispatch from Morehead City? Am informed that General Slocum will march from Richmond on the 10th. I expect to join and march with the Right Wing, with which my horses are.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General

 

FORT MONROE, VA., May 8, 1865-12 midnight.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, Washington;

I have full dispatches from Wilson of the 6th. One boat has arrived at Augusta all right. He is after Jeff. Davis, who cannot escape save in disguise. He is reported in Georgia, escorted by about seventy officers as a special body guard and about 3,000 cavalry . Does the Secretary of War’s newspaper order take Wilson from my command or shall I continue to order him? If I have proven incompetent to manage my own command let me know it.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 27

O.R., I, xlvii, part 3, p 434

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