Head Quarters, Dept. of the Tenn.
Vicksburgh, Miss. Aug. 5th, 1863
The within statement shews the necessity that has existed, and still exists, for transports at this place. Since the occupation of Vicksburgh by our forces the Levee has been used to the fullest extent of its capacity in discharging boats and none have been detained unnecessarily. Whilst Col. L. Parsons may be working zealously for the interests of the public service I think many of his efforts tend to no good results, and in some instances amount to impertinent interference There has been so many boats sent up the river that there can be no difficulty in supplying this army if the Government is to have the preference over private individuals. The present system of convoying leads to much detention and in my opinion is entirely unnecessary. I wrote Admiral Porter on the subject more than one month ago, but received no reply; and as no change has been made I infer the communication may not have been received by him. The Adml. is now absent from here so that I will not be able to communicate with him on this subject for some days and do not know that a change will be made on my suggestion
U. S. GRANT
Endorsement, copies, Parsons Papers, IHi; DNA, RG 92, Consolidated Correspondence, Vicksburg. William Myers, born in Pa. in 1830, USMA 1852, asst. q. m. at St. Louis from Oct., 1861, was promoted to col. as of June 14, 1862. USG's endorsement was written on a letter of Aug. 4, 1863, from Lt. Col. Judson D. Bingham, Vicksburg, to Myers, St. Louis. "I am directed by Major Gen. Grant to reply to a letter received today by him from Col. Parsons, in relation to detention of boats at this place and points below. On the 8th of July, preparations having been completed for discharging freight, the unloading of the transports was commenced. Since that date the following requisitions have been made for transports. To transport Gen. Herron's Division to Yazoo city and back to this place: Gen. Ransom's Brigade to Natchez: 5000 Beef Cattle from Natchez to New Orleans and this place; 3 Regiments to Memphis; Gen. Kimball's Division to Helena, Ark.; 22 Boats to Gen. Banks; Coal, Grain and Hay to New Orleans: Gen. Herron's Division to Port Hudson: Ninth Army Corps to Cairo: 5 per cent of the army of the Tennessee to Memphis and Cairo on furlough: removal of the