& Columbus. I received this morning orders to arrest and send down under guard twenty five paymasters & their funds. Major Judd with a corps of Pay Masters started on Tuesday with Genl Quimby's Division to Lake Providence with orders to take convoy from that point below. I enclose report of Senior Pay Master here. As I never received any orders as to the movements of Pay Masters referred to I suggest that any orders of the kind be forwarded through these & I will see them promptly obeyed. I have never exercised any control over this branch of the service. Col Roddy with Cavalry & one Regiment Infantry are at Tuscumbia. No other troops moving within my limits. Van Dorn has threatened Donelson & occasionally is reported about to cross the Tennessee, but has not done so. It is reported by Spies that a Division of the enemy has gone to Yazoo City, it is probably true. There is but little stirring here except the ordinary routine of speculation and thievery" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 91.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 4th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT,
COMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS,
There is a man by the name of John P. Fairley living in Memphis who has been engaged in enticing our soldiers to desert, and in one instance that can be proven enticed a sergeant of an Ia regiment to take a ride with him in his buggy for the purpose of having him captured and paroled. The man was captured and paroled whilst Fairley was left unmolested and allowed to return to the city with his horse and buggy.
Fairley is an Indiana man but married south. I presume he passes for a Union man but the above are no doubt facts against him. As the evidence would have to be got from Ia it might satisfy the ends of justice to expell this man from our lines, family and all, and take possession of his property, real estate, by the Quartermaster.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com