Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 88. On Aug. 9, Col. Edward D. Townsend telegraphed to USG. "No Furloughs or discharges, can be given on permit of Governors of States except by Special orders from this Dept. by order." Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); ibid., RG 94, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 88.
Corinth Aug 6th 1862
Let nothing go south either with or without pass. 1
I gave the Commanding officer at Hamburg special instructions, how to regulate trade, & complaints still coming from there I sent one of my Staff officers, who is now there to regulate this matter, and to go to Eastport 2
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copy, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Aug. 6, 1862, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "The commander of the 2d has just arrested Three boys with a barrell of salt—Three bbls flour having pass from Provost Marshall at Hamburg—wishing to go through our lines would it not be well to infuse a little more rigor there, also there must be a more vigilant secretary of passes. none should be held good that are not printed with our mark on them Beyond the possibility of Mistake" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., Telegrams Sent. On Aug. 1, Col. William W. Lowe, Fort Henry, telegraphed to USG. "Steamer Colonna heavily loaded with salt & Bacon has just arrived. She has permits for Every thing but believing the interest of the Country must suffer by such lattitudes in this business I have caused her detention & await the Generals orders. Answer at once" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Brig. Gen. Jefferson C. Davis wrote to USG. "For the information of the General commanding I have the honor to report that contraband goods and stores are being sold to rebel citizens by merchants, sutlers &c in the neighborhood of Corinth, and especially at the river landings. I have not a list of contraband articles in my possession but am satisfied trade of this kind is being carried on to a considerable extent. I arrested yesterday a Sutler of my command who had been selling cards for manufacturing cotton. He informed me as did others, that many of these articles were being sold all over the country. They bring fabulous prices. Salt is also an article which is being sold at the river landing. I have taken in custody some twelve barrels which the