On Jan. 17, W. H. Ladd, New York City, wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. "Just reed information from Cincn that Gen. Grant has ordered all negroes at Columbus &c not in employ of Gov. shipped to Cin. If he ships several thousand negroes in there unprovided for, in the face of existing prejudice. It will be very impolitic" ALS, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. Stanton added an undated endorsement. "I think Grant should countermand the order if he has made one. Please direct him to do so immediately." AES, ibid. On Jan. 19, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "I am directed by the Secty of War to say that if you have ordered the shipment of Negroes from the Slave states to Cincinnati, you will countermand the order." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copy, ibid., RG 108, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, lii, part 1, 323.
On Jan. 22, Rawlins telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth, who had succeeded Davies in command at Columbus, that the order for the contrabands should be countermanded if not already implemented. Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Ky., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Hd. Qrs. District of Columbus, Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC- USG, V, 18, 30. On the same day, Asboth telegraphed twice to Rawlins. "Pur- suant to telegram of 3d head quarters Dept of the tennessee Contrabands were forwarded to Cairo Ill on the Twelfth & thirteenth inst as follows two hundred & twelve 212 men two hundred 200 women & two hundred & three 203 children Am not informed whether they have gone to Ohio or not but will ascertain at once" "The contrabands enumerated in my Telegram of this evening are still at Cairo without proper shelter shall they remain there, or be forwarded to Cincinnati" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Hd. Qrs. District of Columbus, Letters Sent. On Jan. 23, Rawlins telegraphed to Asboth that the contrabands could be left at Cairo or returned to Columbus, "whichever place they can be of most use and best cared for." Copies, ibid., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30.
Holly Springs, Miss. Jan: 6th 1863.
BRIG GENL' C. S. HAMILTON
LA GRANGE, TENN:
The baggage belonging to Buckland's Brigade should be sent to them. 1