entire force for duty amounts to only about (85,000) eighty-five thousand men. Gen. Wool's command, as you will observe from the accompanying order, las been taken out of my control, although he has most cheerfully cooperated with me. The only use that can be made of his command is to protect my communications in rear of this point.
At this time, only 53,000 men have joined me; but they are coming up as rapidly as my means of transportation will permit.
Please refer to my dispatch to the Secretary of War to-night, for the details of our present situation.
The President responded by this letter:
The President's question as to the grave discrepancy between the 85,000 men, admitted to be with or on their way to him by Gen.
M., and the 108,000 asserted by Secretary Stanton
, was never answered, and probably could not be; since an official return of the number of his Army April 30th, while it was still before Yorktown
, makes its aggregate 130,378, whereof 112,392 were present and fit for duty; Franklin
's division of 12,448 men having in the mean time been sent to him.
But, on another point, military men are not likely to agree with the President
's command may very probably have been doing just