Memphis, July 5th 1862
MAJ GENL H W HALLECK
Constant applications are made for permits to allow boats to go to different pointssouth of here after Cotton. I do not feel authorized to grant any such permits, but would ask the question if they can be given under restrictions to carry nothing from here.
Your Obt Servt
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. On July 5, 1862, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Permits to trade come from the Treasury Dept The Military will not interfere except to prevent trade in Articles which are contraband" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Telegrams Sent; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 7, 9. On July 4, Capt. Henry S. Fitch, asst. q. m. and master of transportation, issued an order for USG. "All boats, immediately upon landing at this port, will report at this office with a copy of manifest No boat will be permitted to go down the river, without a permit from this office." Memphis Bulletin, July 6, 1862. On the same day, Maj. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 128. "The Post Quartermaster will immediately seize the Steamer 'Saline,' with all the freight aboard, and hold the