tervention or remonstrance with Genl Grant or the chf executive of the Govt in
the matter. Gen Grant has issued orders to commander of the Post at Paducah
to take possession of the Paducah rail road & take up & remove the rails to some
point in Tenn. the road was built & owned by the citizens of that section. There
is a mortgage indebtedness on the road of four Hundred thousand Dollars & a
corporate indebtedness of City & Country of three Hundred thousand. The Loss
of the use of the road will fall heavily on the Citizens of Paducah and those in-
terested in the road. we would not complain of the use of the road for military
purposes whenever deemed necessary, but the Entire loss of the road is ruinous
to our community. if rails are wanted to make new roads to facilitate army opera-
tions we suggest that they be taken from roads not in use & not liable to be used
for several years, for instance the road running from Birds Point opposite Cairo
in Missouri, the road opposite Memphis in Arkansas, the road running from
Clarksville to Memphis & other Southern roads not in use. we believe the sug-
gestion to Genl Grant that He could procure rails as quickly and conveniently
from other roads would prompt him to countermand His order. Signed L M
FLOURNEY Answer" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office,
Military Div. of the Miss.; copy, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Tele-
grams Received. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 263. See telegram to Maj. Gen. Stephen A.
Hurlbut, Nov. 10, 1863.
On Nov. 29, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Smith, Columbus,
Ky. "Until further orders you need not take up any rails on the road from Paducah
to Union City, except such as have been put down by Government." Copies, DLC-
USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. See O. R.,
I, xxxi, part 3, 337. On the same day, 11:40 A. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
telegraphed to USG. "Gov. Bramlette of Ky has sent to the President a protest
against your taking rails from the Paducah road & suggests that they be taken
from some Miss, Louisiania or Arkansas Road. I communicate the Governor's
suggestion, but do not ask you to adopt it." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG
107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the
Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3,
270. On Jan. 11, 1864, Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers issued Special Orders No. 6.
"The military authorities of the Department of the Tennessee, will release con-
trol of, and turn over to the owners thereof, the Paducah Branch RailRoad, and
all the property thereto belonging." Copy, DLC-USG, V, 38.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
8 P M Nov 29/1863
MAJ GENL H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
The Fourth Corps started yesterday for relief of Burnside.
Sherman was sent to the Hiawassie, and I have sent orders to him
to take command of the whole and organize a sufficient force for
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Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 7 - December 31, 1863.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 464.
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