Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Memphis Ten. Jany 21st 1863.
LIEUT. COL. C. A. REYNOLDS
CHIEF Q. M.
Whilst with the fleet Gen. Sherman's Q. M. reported to me that there was on hand with the expedition—about one thousand extra mules.
With this stock below and the number of teams to be left behind by troops yet to be forwarded, and again the great surplus of transportation reported at Helena, I think Gen. Allen should be advised to ship no more mules here. 1 In fact if they are required for any other Dept. Chartered boats going up the river empty might take mules and save the purchase above.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
On Jan. 21, 1863, USG again wrote to Lt. Col. Charles A. Reynolds. "You will please make arrangements to keep the steamer 'Post Boy' permanently for the use of the Medical Department She is now so employed, but either a standing Charter should be made or the boat purchased. The latter I think preferable on the score of economy" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On Jan. 22, USG wrote to Reynolds. "I would suggest the propriety of releasing three steamers to form a regular daily Mail liner between this and Cairo.... and carry the United States Mails, and any Government freight or troops offering, to the exclusion of every thing else...." American Art Association, March 12, 1920. On Jan. 25, USG wrote to Reynolds ordering the release of the steamboat Tycoon "as no boats will be required here under five or six days to transport troops...." Anderson Auction Co., May 15, 1908, p. 14. On Jan. 31, USG wrote to Reynolds. "If the services of the Jeanie Deans is not absolutely required, you may release her...." Ibid. On Feb. 13, USG wrote to Reynolds. "I am sending boats up from here to bring down the remainder of McPherson's command.... I will want soon not only all the boats that have been here but many more...." Ibid. On March 23, USG wrote to Reynolds ordering him to give five bales of cotton to an agent of the Wis. Sanitary Commission "to aid them in the manufacture of 'quilts' for sick soldiers...." Ibid.