USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 11.
On Jan. 26, USG wrote to Act. Vol. Lt. George W. Brown, U. S. S. Forest Rose. "I shall be going down the river to-morrow to join the fleet near Vicksburg, and will be glad to have you convoy the steamer in which I go. I will be on the steamer Magnolia. Officers just up from the fleet report having been fired into by artillery and musketry from the east bank of the river at Island No. 32." St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Aug. 1, 1885. According to the news story, discussing the presentation of the original letter by Brown to the New York Maritime Exchange, the letter was dated July 26, 1863, but internal and external evidence indicates a Jan. date. The same story in the Boston Herald, Aug. 1, 1885, gives the Jan. date.
Memphis Tenn Jan 25 1863.
BRIG GENL C. S. HAMILTON
COMMD'G DISTRICT WEST TENN
My attention has been called to a notice given to me Mr Jones occupying the house of Genl Williams to vacate to make room for your Head Quarters Mr Jones is said to have been always a Union Man and is now paying rent to the Goverment for the house he occupies
I am opposed to working any hardships upon such people when it can be avoided and especially where there are so many undeserving people occupying houses suitable for Officers Quarters Orders published at Holly Springs make it the duty of Quartermasters to assign quarters and orders published here prohibit turning Union families out to make room for Officers 1 Where there is a great Military necessity for taking private houses from any class of people it will be done but even then the disloyal will be visited first
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.