Correspondence to Major-General BUTLER from EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War
Washington, October 3, 1864--12:30 p. m.
I have directed Adjutant-General Thomas to bring up 5,000 negro troops from Kentucky, who are said to be superior to any others that he has organited in the South, and to take them to your command. He leaves Washington for that purpose to-day, and has orders to hasten them forward with all dispatch.
EDWIN M. STANTON
Secretary of War.