and (5,000) from Missouri.
With this force he is to commence operations against Mobile as soon as he can. It will be impossible for him to commence too early.
Gilmore joins Butler with ten thousand (10,000) men, and the two operate against Richmond from the south side of James River.
This will give Butler thirty-three thousand (33,000) men to operate with; General W. F. Smith commanding the right wing of his forces, and Gilmore the left wing.
I will stay with the Army of the Potomac, increased by Burnside's corps of not less than twenty-five thousand (25,000) effective men, and operate directly against Lee's army wherever it may be found.
Sigel colcute in your own way. Submit to me, however, as early as you can, your plan of operations.
As stated Banks is ordered to commence operations as soon as he can. Gilmore is ordered to report at Fortress Monroe by the 18th inst., or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Sigel is concentrating now. None will move from their places of