1864: “No Force Here Fit To Go To The Field”


War Department – Washington City

July 10 – 2 P.M. 1864

Lieut. Gen. Grant – City Point, Va.

Your dispatch to Gen. Halleck, referring to what I may think in the present emergency, is shown to me. Gen. Halleck says we have absolutely no force here fit to go to the field. He thinks that with the hundred day-men, and invalids we have here, we can defend Washington, and scarcely Baltimore.

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