New York City May 9th 1864
The President has been kind enough to relieve me from duty with the 13th Army Corps. I am on my way to Washington to report in obedience to orders.
I know not what position may be assigned me - but I am very much inclined to ask a Command.
I had the honor to address you a note from N. Orleans inquiring if you could give me a suitable command. May I inquire if the organization of the 20,000 men to be raised for 100 days will be organized into brigades - or only into Regiments? Allow me to ask your Excellency if I can have one of these Regiments - if nothing preferable is to be had? The earliest reply by telegram to Washington - care Judge Trumbull - will be highly appreciated
I have the honor to be
Your Most Obt Servt
Walter B. Scates
Lt Col. W. B. Scates
New York May 9th 64
Having been relieved from duty in 13th A. C he wants command of one of 100 day Regts or a Brigade if possible
Write him carefullly explaining why could not give him command of 100 day Regts -
That I stand ready to give him my humble influence for anything he wants &c