After relieving Grant of command temporarily, and trying to get Buell to take over his operations, Halleck apparently decided that he couldn’t do without him.
From the Official Record.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE
Fort Henry, March 11, 1862.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Saint Louis, Mo.:
Yours of the 6th instant, inclosing an anonymous to Honorable David Davis, speaking of frauds committed against Government, is just received. I refer you to my orders to suppress marauding as the only reply necessary. There is such a disposition to find fault with me that I again ask to be relieved from further duty until I can be placed right in the estimation of those higher in authority.
U. S. GRANT,
SAINT LOUIS, March 13, 1862.
Major General U. S. GRANT, Fort Henry:
You cannot be relieved from your command. There is no good reason for. I am certain that all which the authorities at Washington ask is that you enforce discipline and punish the disorderly. The power is in your hands; use it, and you will be sustained by all above you. Instead of relieving you, I wish you as soon as your new army is in the field to assume the immediate command and lead it on to new victories.
H. W. HALLECK,