Headquarters Armies of the United States,
City Point, June 17, 1864.
If you have no objection to withdrawing your order relieving General Gillmore, I will relieve him at his own request. The way the matter now stands, it is a severe punishment to General Gillmore, even if a court of inquiry should hereafter acquit him. I think the course here suggested is advisable, and would be pleased if you agree to it, though I do not order or insist upon it.