ALS, CSmH. Charles P. Stone, born in Mass. in 1824, USMA 1845, was appointed bvt. 2nd It. of ordnance as of July 1, 1845, and resigned as 1st It. effective Nov. 17, 1856. Appointed col. and inspector-gen. of D. C. vols. as of Jan. 1, 1861, he was promoted to col., 14th Inf., as of May 14, and to brig. gen. as of May 17. Unfairly blamed for the U. S. defeat at the battle of Ball's Bluff, he was imprisoned without charges for over six months, then released and later assigned to the Dept. of the Gulf in May, 1863, where he participated in the siege of Port Hudson, and, on July 25, became chief of staff for Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks. On July 19, Lt. Col. Richard B. Irwin wrote to USG. "In accordance with telegraphick instructions from the Major General Commanding, temporarily absent in New Orleans, I have the honor to request that you will, by the earliest opportunity ask the War Department in his name, to send at least six skilled telegraph operators to this Department, as a measure almost essential to the efficiency of our operations. During the investment of Port Hudson, on account of the insufficient number of operators, we rarely if ever had communication over the wires at night, and the force we then had has since been reduced by over exertion and the influences of this climate. I am further instructed by the Commanding General to request that you will have the necessary steps taken to secure a regular and frequent mail communication with the North by the Mississippi River. The Commanding General regards this as a matter of no little importance. Trusting that the General's absence and his telegraphic instructions to me, may plead excuse for the irregularity of this communication." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Depts. of the Gulf and La., Letters Sent.
[July 21, 1863]
I have relieved Mr. Livermore of his functions as Negro Commissioner and taken from him the controll of the Steamer Patten. It seems one boat has been kept for the use of the Negro Regiments and another for the Commissioners. One it seems to me can do the business for all the contrabands both soldiers and others. There are some rations to go up this morning which will probably be put aboard of the Patten ... As the Bullet and Patten are both now at the Wharf, please give directions which boat you will have them go on—and order the other boat for general service....
U. S. GRANT
Manuscripts, 16, 1 ( Winter, 1964), [p. 65]; Paul C. Richards, Catalogue No. 24, p. 178. On July 21, 1863, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to Lt. Col. Judson D. Bingham. "The Steamer Patten will be immediately released from the employ of the U. S. Commissioners for leasing abandoned Plantations. No boat will be furnished said commissioners until further orders. Rev'd L. S. Livermore has