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

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usages of war, of humanity, and of civilization. I shall deplore the necessity for any departure from them. Therefore I hope this notice of Admiral Porter is not authentic, or that it will be re-considered, and that in no case will its threats be executed, because, I am instructed to say, if they are the fullest retaliation will be inflicted upon the Federal prisoners now in our hands, or whom we may cap- ture, and no quarter will be given to any officer, soldier, or citizen of the United States, taken in the act of burning houses, laying waste the plantations, or other- wise wantonly destroying the property of the citizens of this Confederacy; and that all such persons suspected of having been guilty of such acts, will not, if taken, be treated as prisoners of war, but will be kept in close confinement. Relying upon your disposition to co-operate with me in averting the necessity for a resort to such measures, ..." LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 66; ibid., II, v, 293-94; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 364-65.
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Stevenson enclosed a copy of an undated order of Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter. "Persons taken in the act of firing on unarmed vessels from the banks, will be treated as highwaymen and assassins and no quarter will be shown them. Persons strongly suspected of firing on unarmed vessels will not receive the usual treatment of prisoners of war, but will be kept in close confinement. If this savage and barbarous Confederate custom cannot be put a stop to, we will try what virtue there is in hanging. All persons no matter who they are, who are caught in the act of pillaging the houses of the inhabitants along the River, levying contribu- tions, or burning cotton, will receive no quarter if caught in the act, or if it is proved upon them." Copy, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 66-67; ibid., II, v, 294; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 365.

To Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter

March 2d 1863.

ADMIRAL D. D. PORTER
COMD. G MISS. SQUADRON.
ADMIRAL,

I send you my reply 1 to the letter brought by "Flag of Truce" yesterday from which you will see that I have left the queries to be answered by you.

I would like to send my letter this afternoon the day being a very clear one to observe all that can be seen. Will you be kind enough to let me have a tug for the purpose at any hour you may designate.

Very respectfully
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen.

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