ALS, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich. John G. Walker, born in N. H. in 1835, graduated first in his class from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1856. Promoted to It. commander as of July 16, 1862, and capt. of the Baron De Kalb in the Mississippi Squadron, he commanded a land battery during the siege of Vicksburg. On Aug. 3, 1863, Walker, Vicksburg, wrote to USG. "I will have the Champion at any point most convenient for your troops as soon as I can get orders to her, (probably a couple of hours). My messenger tells me you spoke of sending some cavalry. By pushing up above Yazoo City with cavalry they might capture or destroy the remainder of the transports." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, Maj. Theodore S. Bowers wrote to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Vicksburg. "Order one Regiment of your command to embark on the Steamer Champion No 3, and proceed at 4 Oclock tomorrow morning to Yazoo City, under convoy of the U. S. Steamer Rattler, Lieut Commander Walker, to occupy that place, during the attempt to raise the vessel DeKalb, and to render the navy such assistance as may be necessary. Ten days rations and the necessary amunition will be taken. The Regiment selected, should be one possessed of a discreet and competent officer." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 101, 103; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. See O. R. (Navy), I, xxv, 368.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Vicksburg Miss. Aug. 4th/63
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT,
COMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS.
The destruction of the rail-road at Jackson Miss. has cut off a large amount of rolling stock from the enemy. This stock numbering from forty to seventy locomotives and several hundred Cars is now North of Grenada. If the labor of reconstructing the bridges on the Mississippi & Memphis rail-road will not be too great it might pay to rebuild them for the purpose of geting the stock into Memphis. An expedition sent out for the purpose of collecting it, if rightly conducted, might have a beneficial effect.
In this part of Miss. the people acknowledge themselves subjugated, the southern cause lost, and are holding meetings todevise plans for coming back into the Union. If we can send troops through the state who will respect the property of the people and advise them what is being done about Jackson & Natchez, and that