people left that Ram Queen of the West, in a most remarkable hurry: they were better at running blockades than fighting when under difficulty." LS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
Also on Feb. 25, USG wrote to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "I have sent to Admiral Porter for some rockets and notified him that one rocket will be the signal indicating a movement up stream by the rebel ram, and two close together down stream. Also that the rockets will be set off some distance below the mouth of the canal. When these rockets arrive I will send them to your Hd Qrs. to be forwarded to the pickets with instructions how they are to be used." ALS, DLC‐ Stern Collection. On the same day, Sherman wrote to USG. "Yrs of today, giving the Rocket signals is this moment received. I sent you word by Capt Dayton that the Ram had gone down stream, and was out of sight. I was over this afternoon and the Ram is gone. She was anchored but got up anchor as the 'Sham boat' was drifted out into the Current and floated down, evidently mistaking the 'Sham' for a real Boat—Of course the signals shall be attended to, but the Ram not being there we ought to have another signal for her approach from below—. If not too late I suggest—1 Rocket. A Rebel boat is seen—. 1 Gun, & 3 rockets in succession—'she is passing above Warrenton.' Rapid firing she is passing our Battery. 2 Rockets a Rebel boat is seen but turns down stream." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
Feby 24th 1863
MAJ GEN S A HURLBUT
COMM'DG 16TH ARMY CORPS,
I sustain your cause in not permitting Bayfield to be tried before a disloyal court and jury and will also sustain you in forcing outside of our lines every disloyal person of whatever age or sex. I will also approve of closing all business with persons living outside of the city. In other words if you deem it proper to prohibit intercourse between the city and country do so. The District is in your command and you can make use of the means in your hands to enforce order. I would suggest Col Howe 1 3 U S Cavalry as a good selection to place in command of the town, to bring it to order and enforce any new and stringent orders you may find it necessary to publish. Have Bayfield tried as you pro