them debark at Helena, and await her return. Some other Steamer should be sent however if practicable.
U. S. GRANT Maj Genl
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Misdated Feb. 8, 1863, in O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 39. On Feb. 10, Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman, Helena, wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "In reply to certain instructions contained in an autograph letter recieved from Major General Grant, dated the 6th inst. I desire to say that the Coal has been provided for the fleet which is to go through the 'Yazoo Pass'; Also that the suggestions of General Grant in reference to our use of the Navy Coal shall be strictly observed. I do not remember however, that any Coal belonging to the Navy has been used, except in a single case of great emergency, and then, with the consent of the Officer in Command of the Mortar Boats, Mr. Wheelock. The Quarter Master informs me that in this instance, the Coal has been promptly returned." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
On Feb. 6, USG again wrote to Gorman. "I have been informed that about one hundred Federal prisoners were brought down the Arkansas river, and turned over to one of our Gun Boats. I requested Admiral Porter to send them to Helena When they arrive send them by first Steamer to the Commanding Officer at Memphis who will receive orders from me for their further disposal." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. James C. Veatch, Memphis. "I have directed Genl Gorman to send you some prisoners, Federal, sent down from Little Rock. When they arrive forward them to Benton Barracks by first opportunity under the charge of a proper Officer" Copies, ibid. On Feb. 7, USG wrote to Gorman. "You will place under guard the prisoners brought down from Little Rock, and whom I directed in a note of yesterday to be sent to Memphis Tenn. On reflection but few or none of these men could have been legitimately captured, and I am determined to deal with all others as deserters ... P. S. Should Major Horton of the 97th Illinois Vols. be among the Prisoners referred to, I want special pains taken to see that he is returned here" Copies, ibid.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 6th 1863.
BRIG. GEN. C. S. HAMILTON
COMD. G DIST. OF WEST TEN.
From Southern papers I have seen notices of some of Van Dorn's forces arriving at Holly Springs. There is also evidence
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863. Volume: 7. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1979. Page number: 291.
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