express. Do you not remember that I put fifty-two dollars in a letter that was to have been taken by Col. Carpenter ? What ever became of that ? I am remarkably well. Hope in the course of ten days more to be making a move. My confidance in taking Vicksburg is not unshaken unless if our own people at home will give their moral support. At present however they are behaving scandalously. A soldier now geting home to Illinois, Indiana or Ohio there is no way of geting him back. Northern secessionest defend and protect them in their desertion. I want to see the Administration commence a war upon these people. They should suppress the disloyal press and confine during the war the noisy and most influential of the advocates. 1
Kiss the children for me. The same for yourself. I will address my next letter to Covington.
Feb.y 15th 1863.
ADMIRAL D. D. PORTER,
COMDG. MISS. SQUADRON,
Representations coming in to me as they have reflecting on Gen. Gorman's administration of affairs at Helena I sent an officer there last week to supersede him in the command. Also a new Quartermaster and provost Marshal. 1
The steamer refered to in your note were reported to me and directions immediately sent to Memphis to have them seized. 2
Trade has not been opened below Helena by Military authority not even to purchase and ship cotton. I have thought of doing