Head Quarters, Dist of West Tenn.
Pittsburgh, May 1st 1862.
COL. W. W. LOWE
COMMDG FORTS HENRY & HEIMAN
I have ordered some ambulances and Ambulance Teams from Fort. Donelson. As soon as they arrive ship them to the Care of Major O. Cross, A. Q. M. Pittsburg Landing, Ten
With respect to the man Bell against whom complaints are made, if they seem to be well founded, ship him North at your pleasure with orders not to return so long as the place is garrsoned by United States Troops. Should he return after such notification ship him to the Commanding Officer at St Louis, with a request that he be confined in the Military prison there, sending the charges against him
Your Obt. Servant.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. On May 1, 1862, USG wrote to the commanding officer, Fort Donelson. "As soon as possible after the receipt of this send all Ambulances and Ambulance Teams at Fort Donelson to Fort Henry to be forwarded here. Fort Donelson and Clarkesville if garrisoned by the 71st Ohio Alone will be regarded as in the Dist of West. Tenn. and all reports will be made to these Head Quarters until further orders." Copies, ibid.
On May 22, Col. Rodney Mason, 71st Ohio, Clarksville, telegraphed to USG. "Your telegram of may 1st rcd today I have ordered the ambulances to be sent if not wanted please inform me. In absence of bothyou & Genl. Dumont a squadron of Cavalry have orders to report to Genl Dumont & to receive no order except from him or an officer higher in rank than him" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received.
On May 5, USG wrote to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand. "You will make requisition of Maj O Cross Chief Qr. Master, for such transportation and ambulances, as may need, he has plenty." Register of Letters, McClernand Papers, IHi.