Before Vicksburg March 26th 1863.
COL ROBERT ALLEN
CHIEF QR MASTER ST LOUI Mo.
It is now necessary for our movements, that we have further means of transportations, and of different kind than we have now There is required with the greatest dispatch 30 yawl of 6 to 10 oar each and a number of flat boats, and scow that can be towed upon which I can place troops and Artillery. I must have not less than 25 flat boats and more if possible and also get me if possible from chicago through the canal for or five of their tugs for towing. If it should cripple the business at chicago, they can be replaced from Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo. Please give this your urgent attention. This will releive me of the necessity of keeping so many Steamboats on hand and will answer, purposes, that are of the highest importance, that cannot be accomplished by Steamboats.
U. S. GRANT.
P. S. Please telegraph me to Memphis and write me upon reciept of this the probabilities of getting the above and when I may dipend upon them
U. S. G.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; (2) Parsons Papers, IHi; Alcorn Collection, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo. See letter to Col. Robert Allen, March 31, 1863.
On April 4, 1863, Col. Lewis B. Parsons telegraphed to USG. "Your letter of the 26th is received Cant fill your requisition here have sent to Chicago Louisville and Cincinnati. I think most if not all the articles can be on the way South within 8 to 10 days" ADfS, Parsons Papers, IHi. On the same day, Parsons sent to Col. Robert Allen a detailed report of his efforts to comply with USG's request; Allen added an undated endorsement to USG. LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 172-73.
On April 11, Parsons wrote to USG. "In accordance with your requisition on Col Allen chief Quarter Master I have secured 30 flat boats, Coal boats and Scows. In filling your order we have seized every thing at all suitable. I have also secured the required number of Yawls. Also 4 Tugs from Chicago—One of which is