To Joseph Holt

Hon. Joseph Holt Washington, D.C.
My dear Sir: Nov. 12. 1861

Yours of the 2nd., written at Louisville, never reached me till yesterday, and Gen McClellan had already so nearly completed his plans for the Departments of the West, and of the Cumberland, that I could scarcely ask him to re-arrange them. Halleck goes to St. Louis, and Buell goes to Louisville. Sherman’s wishes are being consulted, & I hope & believe he will be placed not unsatisfactorily to himself.

You are not mistaken in supposing I am gratified extremely by the excellent conduct of your general at Camp Wildcat. You have with you my good friend Judge David Davis; and allow [me] to assure you, you were never associated with a better man. Please present him my respects. Yours very truly

A. LINCOLN

Henry W. Halleck was placed in command of the Department of the Missouri, Don C. Buell in command of the Department of the Ohio with headquarters at Louisville, and David Hunter in command of the Department of Kansas, November 9, 1861. William T. Sherman was transferred to the Department of the Missouri under Halleck.

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