The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863 - Vol. 7

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yesterday until one this morning It is supposed to have been between the Queen and "Indianola" Apprehension is felt for the safety of the "Indianola"

U S GRANT

Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 18; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 396-97. On Feb. 27, 1863, 2:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "News just received that the Queen of the West and Webb attacked the Indianola about thirty five miles below Vicksburg the night of the twenty fourth and after a engagement of about forty minutes captured her

with most of her crew. It is said the Indianola afterward sunk" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 18-19; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 397.

On March 2, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman endorsed a report concerning the loss of the Indianola. "Col Rawlins—read this to the General tonight. I think it is full and reliable. I cannot otherwise reconcile all the facts we know viz., the appearance of the Queen and the explosion." Kenneth W. Rendell, Inc., Catalogue 96 [1974], No. 118. USG also endorsed this report. "Respectfully forwarded to Admiral Porter." Ibid.

On March 3, Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Send any reliable information you may recieve in regard to the steamer 'Indianola.' Was she sunk or not ?" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On March 13, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "The 'Indianola' was sunk and is a total loss." Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).


To Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut

Before Vicksburgh
Feby 25 1863

MAJ GEN S A HURLBUT
COMM'DG 16TH ARMY CORPS

I understand C M Willard late Major 1st Illinois Artillery is in Memphis. If this is the case notify him to leave the Department by the first boat going north and that if he does not avail himself of the first boat he will be arrested and confined in the Memphis

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