Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 6, 1863, Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby, "Crossing of Pidgeon Roost Memphis & Charleston R R" telegraphed to USG. "There is a continuous stream of wagons loaded with Cotton coming from Miss. over pidgeon Roost road taking there return all stores of supplies the owners acknowling themselves to be disloyal this thing is so manifestly wrong that I have taken responsibility of stopping & sending back all Cotton in hands of orignal owners who cant produce satisfactory proof of loyalty. It is reported to me that buyers in Memphis are paying specie for Cotton I hope you will sustain me in this course which is manifestly vital to our cause" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., 15th Army Corps, District of Corinth, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 542. On Jan. 7, Quinby telegraphed to USG. "I would like to see you personally about the Cotton trade as at present conducted it outrages common sense I will endeavor to comply with you teleg order of yesterday strictly" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
On Jan. 16, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. John A. Logan. "The railroad is run exclusively for the benefit of troops and not for cotton speculators. Your complaint will be attend to immediately. Cotton or private goods can be put out at any point where there is a guard when the cars are necessary for military purposes." Copy, DLC-John A. Logan.
Holly Springs Miss
Jany 7th 6 P M 1863
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF.
All supplies not taken from the country are now brought from Memphis. Think it advisable to complete Railroad to Columbus to get rolling Stock on this side & possibly to hold it for short time. Am throwing large supply Subsistence into Corinth. With use of two or three light draft Gunboats the Tennessee can be used. 1 Nothing from Sherman since my last dispatch. Will be ready to reinforce him from Memphis if necessary—Will move heavy Artillery from East bank of River. Is Helena Ark in my Dept? 2 Can have troops at Corinth to operate from there soon as supplies can possibly be got there
U. S. GRANT