TRENTON, May 7, 1864.
[General SHERMAN:]
Arrived about 5 p. m., but General G[arrard] would not descent into the place on account of its being too late to bring his forage train down. I am down myself with a mounted regiment, the Seventeenth Indiana, from which I have borrowed this man. I will send another as soon as we get into the cove, which I think will be to-night, although it is difficult to say, as we march so slow. No indications of a large force in this valley. Have had scouts up as far as Valley Head, who saw nor heard of nothing except guerrillas. Please take care of the bearer.