Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. On Aug. 7, Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby telegraphed to USG. "The Crescent City has just returned from Memphis Having 'taking' there from New Madrid in all 12 Guns & gun Carriages Genl Sherman wishes 10 more They can all be furnished from New Madrid & Fort Pillow if you so direct I am informed by Col Bessell that there is a large amt of Ord & Ordnance stores at Fort Pillow You know without doubt that that post is guarded only by a Gunboat" Telegram received, ibid. On Aug. 8, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to Curtis. "It is decided that no land forces will be moved on Vicksburg at present. The fortification of Helena is approved. You can obtain guns at Birds Point, Columbus, or Fort Pillow. Use the negroes for that purpose so far as you can advantageously." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
Corinth Aug 7th 1862
Appoint a Provost Marshall at Eastport and confiscate all goods impropriety, taking them and the boats carrying them, where a case can be made out. Make prisoner of all persons engaged in an illicit trade, and particularly of Northern men
U. S GRANT
Telegram, copy, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Aug. 7, 1862, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "I am informed that there is an illicit trade carried on between Eastport and Florence by boats towards the south with your approval, I will direct that a discreet Officer be appointed Provost Marshall at Eastport with instructions to search all Boats or persons & confiscate all contraband goods" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., Telegrams Sent.