staff at New Orleans and inform him that I expect him to remain in the City until the last of the prisoners destined for Mobile have passed and to make arrangements for the prompt removal at that place of all the prisoners arriving.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 101, 103; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Loyd Wheaton, born in 1838 at Pennfield, Mich., enlisted as 1st sgt., 8th Ill. Commissioned 1st It. as of July 25, 1861, he was promoted to capt. on March 25, 1862. On July 18, 1863, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins ordered Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson to secure transportation and supplies for the sick and wounded prisoners. LS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, 17th Army Corps. O. R., II, vi, 125. On July 28, Wheaton wrote to Rawlins. "In accordance with orders from Maj Genl Grant I embarked on board Steamer 'City of Madison' on the 18th Inst in charge of two hundred and fifty Sick and wounded prisoners of war. Arrived in New Orleans at 2 O Clock P. M on the 21st Inst. and reported to Brig Genl Emory Comd'g Post and Defences of New Orleans, was ordered by him to report to Genl Bowen Provost Marshal Genl of the Dept of the Gulf. I placed the prisoners in charge of Genl Bowen. by whom they were immediately transfered to the Ocan Steamer 'North America.' The Steamer departing for Mobile at 9 P. M. of the same day. Saw Col Lagow and delivered instructions as required" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
July 18th 1863.
COMD. G OFFICER CLINTON MISS.
See Miss Alice Shirley staying at the house of Mrs Shirley Clinton and say her father desires her to come to Vicksburg. You may give Miss Shirley any facility of reaching here.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians. James Shirley, a pro-Union planter whose home was located between the siege lines at Vicksburg, gave valuable information to USG about the city. Shirley died at the age of sixty-nine in Aug., 1863. On Sept. 29, 1864, his daughter Alice married Chaplain John Eaton, Jr. See John Eaton, Grant,
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 7 - December 31, 1863. Volume: 9. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 75.
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