The troops are designed to give protection to the Vessels on which they are, and to operate on land if the necessity arises
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 38.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 8th 1863.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
I have just made an endorsment on the recommendation of Gen. Prentiss for the promotion of Capt R. B. Hatch favoring it. This I regard as a simple act of justice to Capt. Hatch.
He offered his services to his country early in this war and was placed from the start in one of the most trying positions in the Army. At Cairo, with all about him green in the new duties they had to perform, Capt. Hatch had to organize his department and run the machinery of it for many months without a dollar of funds. This necessarily caused great clamoring among Govt. creditors and gave a monopoly of supplying the Army to capitalests. Cairo Vouchers went down in the market and loosers would naturally attribute their misfortunes to those from whom they received them. Capitalests were interestedpecuniarily in keeping up this suspicion Hence Capt. Hatch was in a position to say the least embarassing and dangerous to his reputation even without a fault being committed by himself. A full investigation has entirely exhonerated him and even shown a most economical administration of his duties.