PART II. - VOL. XXXIX.
CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN Kentucky, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, AND NORTH Georgia (THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN EXCEPTED), FROM May 1, 1864, TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1864. *
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
NASHVILLE, May 1, 1864.
I have referred the matter of the pilots to Admiral Porter, but there is a committee here now to see you about it. I think it will not prejudice the service to suspend the operation of Orders, NO. 4, until we can hear from Admiral Porter. I do so.
J. D. WEBSTER,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Chattanooga, May 1, 1864.
Brigadier General J. D. WEBSTER,
Tell the committee of pilots that I do not propose to know anything of the laws and customs regulating pilots; that I cannot reverse or suspend an order of my predecessor until I can make a better; that I am willing to let Admiral Porter regulate the whole business. If Admiral Porter be absent up Red River, refer the matter to him, but send it to Captain Pennock, Cairo, saying that if he thinks the present rules too severe that he might dispatch a message to the admiral or act in his name.
W. T. SHERMAN,
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 1, 1864.
Lieutenant-General Grant directs me to say that Special Orders, No. 150, of War Department,+ was intended to, and does, relieve you from
*For Correspondence, etc., from October 1, 1864, to November 13, 1864, see Part III.
+See Vol. XXXII, Part III, p. 397.