To Nathaniel P. Banks 
Major General Banks. Nov. 26. 1864.
I had a full conferrence this morning with the Secretary of War in relation to yourself. The conclusion is that it will be best for all if you proceed to New-Orleans, and act there in obedience to your order; and, in doing which, having continued, say, one month, if it shall then, as now, be your wish to resign, your resignation will be accepted. Please take this course. Yours truly
 ALS, IHi; ADfS, DLC-RTL. Although ordered to return to his command of the Department of the Gulf on November 23 (AGO Special Orders No. 413), Banks remained in Washington for four months, with Lincoln's consent, to help in Lincoln's effort to have the Louisiana state government recognized by congress. See further Lincoln to Banks, December 2, infra.