Feby 15th 1863
BRIG GEN J MCARTHUR
COMM'DG 6TH DIV 17TH ARMY CORPS
I understand there is several thousand bales of cotton in one place near Lake Providence. If this is so have it guarded and brought in for the benefit of the Government as soon as possible. There is a Captain Mitchell formerly Captain of the steamer City of Alton at Lake Providence, who I wish you would order away north, a prisoner if he does not take the first steamer after being notified Ship all captured cotton to Capt Eddy Memphis
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. For Capt. Mitchell, see Calendar, Oct. 10, 1862.
On Feb. 16, 1863, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss, Helena. "All the cotton seized within your command for the benefit of Government send to Capt Eddy Q M Memphis with a full statement of the circumstances under which I was taken. All claims against such cotton can be adjudicated there and if condemned will bring the highest market Price" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On March 3, USG wrote. "Approved. The Misses Bosworth will be permitted to ship their cotton to Memphis to be sold for their benefit on any transport going up the river" Copy, ibid., RG 92, Letters, Endorsements, and Memoranda Received by Capt. A. R. Eddy. On March 27, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 86. "Captain W M Vogleson C S will issue to the Misses Annie and Ida Bosworth of Carrol Parrish La vouchers on which they can draw their pay for the sixty head of cattle received from them as set forth in his certificate or receipt to them for same of date Lake Providence La March 10th 1863" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 26, 27; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders.
In a letter eventually forwarded to USG's hd. qrs., on Feb. 14, M. A. Dickens wrote to Col. George W. Deitzler that he was a loyal man who had come to La. with coal, which had been seized by the C. S. A., and that he wanted to return to Ky. with 105 bales of cotton. ALS, ibid., RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians. On Feb. 19, Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 50. "M. A. Dickens, of Vista Plantation Lake Providence, La. claiming to be a loyal citizen of the state of Kentucky, detained in the Confederate States, has permission to proceed with his family and house hold goods to the state of Kentucky. Mr Dickens having satisfied the Commanding Officer (Brig