disloyalty. By order of General Grant, General J E. Smith was directed to put the Hotel in charge of some loyal man. This man Smith was selected. His management has not been very creditable. The trunks mentioned in the petition were robbed as Stated. Under recent orders from Department Headquarters, Mr. Royall is either entitled to the possession of the furniture or proper rent for it I recommend that he have that privilege. Mr. Smith is now sick, unable to do business or answer questions. But recently he turned Mrs. Watts, a good Union Woman from Louisiana, known to General Grant, out of her room with insulting language, and compelled her to stay in the parlour during the night." Copy, ibid.
On Sept. 12, 1866, Lum's widow, Ann, wrote to USG. "Old age feels its troubles since only in times of dependency, thru if independent of others. I am now almost dependent upon my children for the use of their homes—when I ought indeed to have one of my own I do not ask as much for a favor, as I do for a simple act of kind and considerate justice. The Fort where my dear old home once stood is now abandoned—no longer of use to the Government; and was simply vacated. It stands with its fertile embankments, and magazine half ruined. It is a land mark of War, where my home once stood. And it being all the land I own can you grant me an order, if in your power, requiring the proper officers here to fill up the ditches and level the ground smoothly so that I may build there a simple cotage, in which I can pass the remainder of my days? I trust this will find you and your family well. Let me hear from you soon. Begging to be remembered to all of your family." ALS, DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians. On Nov. 7, Maj. George K. Leet endorsed the letter. "Respectfully referred to Maj. Gen. Geo. H. Thomas, Comdg Dept Tenn., who will give directions to have the request of Mrs Lum complied with, if the Government has no further use for the fort in question." AES, ibid.
On Aug. 6, 1863, USG endorsed a letter of July 15 of James Chapin, Saratoga Springs, N. Y., asking permission to return to Vicksburg. "I know nothing about this case and do not see that any order can be made by me effecting Mr Chapin. If deemed advisable by the Secretary of War to permit him to return to Vicksburg I see no objection to it." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 25; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Endorsements. See O. R., II, ii, 300.
On July 15, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. John McArthur. "Mr. Stout living south of Vicksburg represents that your Division borrowed a waggon and pair of mules which were never returned. Do you know anything about it. Mr. Stout lives where you had Hd Qrs. at one time." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Head Quarters. Dept. of the Tenn.
Vicksburg. Miss. July. 19. 1863.
Respectfully forwarded. This report contains so many inaccuracies that to correct it, to make it a fair report to be handed down as historical would require the rewriting of most of it.