With the reduction in numbers of our army, we must not lose sight of the possibility that we may have to intervene in the conflict in Mexico. I wrote Gen. Sheridan,
DETROIT, MICH., August 13, 1865-10 p. m.
Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,
New Orleans, La.:
The order for muster-out in Your command was made with the view of avoiding the necessity of sending cavalry horses to You and not with any idea that Your force should be reduced to the smallest wants for keeping Texas in the traces. The Imperial troops in Mexico still require watching, and before all the seed of the rebellion can be regarded as crushed out they must go back to their homes. We must hold ourselves ready to demand this.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 298
O.R., I, xlviii, part 2, p 1180