I received the following from Sec. Stanton,
Washington City, July 28, 1865-11 a. m.
The Quartermaster-General has made a report this morning of requisitions from the department at Leavenworth indicating at expedition of magnitude and expense beyond the capacity of the appropriations to meet. The transportation estimates alone are $2,000,000 per month, and this exclusive of the cost of materials, &c. The Commissary Department also is in a state of alarm. I beg to direct Your immediate attention to this subject, as I am not advised of the extent or necessity of the proposed operations.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
Standing down from a war footing is proving to be a difficult task. I wrote Sherman,
SARATOGA, N. Y., July 28, 1865.
Saint Louis, Mo.:
The Quartermaster and Commissary Generals report requisition of such magnitude as coming from Leavenworth as to alarm them. Look into them and stop all unnecessary expedition and reduce all necessary ones to actual requirements. Returns show a cavalry force in the Department of the Missouri which it would seem might be materially reduced. Look into this matter also.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 287-8
O.R., I, xlviii, part 3, p 1127-8