Headq'rs Dep't of Tennessee,
Lake Providence, Feb. 23, 1863.
MAJOR I. S. STEWART PAYMASTER U. S. A.:
In answer to yours of this date desiring to know the order in which I wish the troops of my command paid, I would state that as many of the soldiers in the army have families dependent on their pay for a support, and as those now in the field may be called on soon for such active service as to preclude the possibility of paying them for some time, they should be paid first and at once. Three paymasters will be sufficient to pay off the one division at Lake Providence, (McArthur's, ) and twelve to pay off those of McClernand's and Sherman's army corps in front of Vicksburg. The remainder of the corps can pay off the troops in General Hurlburt's command in any order they may deem proper, on consultation with him, (Hurlburt. )
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. GRANT, Major Gen.
Unidentified newspaper clipping, Grant Family Papers, USGA. The clipping states that the letter appeared earlier in the San Antonio Express in 1868. Isaac S. Stewart of Ind. was appointed additional paymaster with the rank of maj. as of Nov. 26, 1862. For a reminiscent interview in which Stewart mentioned spending the evening of Feb. 23, 1863, with USG on the Magnolia, see New York World, Aug. 7, 1885.