ALS, DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 84. In May, 1863, John P. Fairly, who had left Memphis to avoid arrest, was apprehended in St. Louis and returned to Memphis where he spent at least six months in prison. Papers in DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians.
Before Vicksburg, March 4. 1863.
MAJ. GEN. J. B. MCPHERSON.
COM'D'G. 17TH ARMY CORPS.
The Dredging machine which has been doing excellent service here, gave out this afternoon. This compels me to send to Lake Providence for the boat ordered to be left there. I wish you would have it forwarded at once if it has reached you. If not send forward on arrival.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On March 4, 1863, Col. George P. Ihrie wrote to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. "The Major General commanding this Department directs to write you and say: you will send all the cotton now in your possession, and as much more as you can obtain, to this point, to be used in fitting out and protecting 'Rams' Also, you will send one of two Dredge boats up in your vicinity, if not with you, down to this place to report to Capt. Prime." Copies, ibid. On the same day, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to Brig. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss. "The Dredge-boat directed to be retained at Helena to be used in the clearing out and deepening the entrance into Yazoo Pass, you will send forward to this place at once, for work in the canal opposite Vicksburg." Copies, ibid. On March 6, Prentiss wrote to Rawlins. "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 4th inst., relative to the Dredge Boat directed to be retained at this point for use at the Yazoo Pass—and to report that the Boat has as yet never reported to me—I learn that the Boats passed here before I was notified. —" LS, ibid., Unregistered Letters Received.