Feby 21st 1863
BRIG GEN B M PRENTISS
COMM'DG DISTRICT OF EASTERN ARK
If Genl Gorman is not at Helena order him back at once and place him in arrest. Copy of charges preferred against him will be forwarded in a few days. Genl Gorman has been guilty of the indiscretion of diverting one of the gunboats intended for the Yazoo Expedition to protect a transport whilst gathering cotton south of Helena his son in charge of the said cotton. At least such is officialy reported. If there is any cotton at Helena, go collect it, seize it at once and hold it for the benefit of the Government. All cotton seized in the Department is shipped to Capt Eddy A Q M at Memphis Tenn to sell
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. See letter to Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter, Feb. 15, 1863.