Boats longest out of Govt. Service should be first taken but there must be no delay for the purpose of doing justice to any parties.
Boats left to keep the Depot at Memphis supplied must not come below. Those retained for the transportation of troops will do the carrying trade between the fleet & Memphis.
U. S. GRANT
P. S. Instruct the Quartermaster in Memphis that all boats from below Memphis hereafter, are to be immediately returned, with such stores as may be for shipment at the time.
U. S. G.
Copy, DNA, RG 94, ACP, 1172 ACP 1875. On March 25, 1863, USG again wrote to Lt. Col. Charles A. Reynolds. "Detail the steamer of 'Silver Moon' now loaded with ordnance stores in good shape for issueing, and another steamer of the capacity of about six hundred, (600) tons for the Ordnance Department." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
March 26th 1863,
Your note of yesterday is just received. In regard to attacking Warrenton I do not know what now to say.
When I first learned that twelve to fifteen Yawls would be required I called on Gen. Ellet for them. The Gen. being over to see you no reply was received (except from his Adjt. Gen. that he thought they had that number) until the Generals return in the evening when he informed me that it was arranged for the Rams & Hartford to transport the troops. No small boats would be required.
After learning again that smal boats would be required I again called on G[en]. Ellet for them and only learned after dark