Head Quarters Dept of the Tenn.
Vicksburg Miss Oct 6th 1863
U. S. NAVY
Learning of the stoppage of the Steamer Empress by the Navy, on her way to New Orleans I have concluded that you have not yet been made acquainted with the new Treasury Regulations of I believe the 16th of Sept. I enclose you copies of my orders made in conformity with these regulations 1 and respectfully request that you instruct all officers within your District to pass all boats conforming with these orders. At least pass them until further instructions can be received from Admiral Porter who I shall write to on the same subject
It was my understanding with Admiral Porter that during his absence the Navy within this Dep't and out of his reach, would always act on my suggestions as he, the Admiral has ever done. Should there be anything wrong in any orders made by me governing Commerce on the river the Navy can in no manner be held responsible
Renewing the request that you permit the Steamer Empress to pass, and all other boats conforming to the enclosed order
Your Obt Serv't
U. S. GRANT
Copy, DNA, RG 45, Correspondence of David D. Porter, Officers' Letters, Mississippi Squadron. O. R. (Navy), I, xxv, 446. Francis M. Ramsay, born in D. C., graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1856. Promoted to It. commander as of July 16, 1862, he was capt. of the Choctaw during the Vicksburg campaign. In July, 1863, he was assigned to command the 3rd District, Mississippi Squadron. On Oct. 4, Ramsay wrote to Rear Admiral David D. Porter that he had turned back to Natchez, Miss., the Empress, with about 2,800 bales of cotton on board, because the shipment lacked Treasury Dept. approval, although the owners did have permits given by order of USG and Brig. Gen. Marcellus M.