date(s):
1862-1864
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A1238 Porter, David D. Papers Inventory of David D. Porter Papers A1238 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2018 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:40:53 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center David D. Porter Papers Abbott, Charles H. Bache, George M. Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894 Breese, K.R. Burdick, J.H. Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873 Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 Hammond, J.H. Hurlbut, Stephen Augustus, 1815-1882 McClernand, John A. (John Alexander), 1812-1900 Selfridge, Thomas Oliver, 1804-1902 Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 A1238 0.75 Cubic Feet (2 boxes) 1862-1864 Processing Information Processed by Dennis Northcott, November 1999. Donor Information Collection was donated by William K. Bixby with the exception of document dated December 21, 1862, which was purchased from Forest H. Sweet, Battle Creek, Michigan, in July 1949. Biographical Sketch David D. Porter was born June 8, 1813, in Chester, Pennsylvania. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1829. During the Civil War, he commanded the Mississippi Squadron, and after the fall of Vicksburg in July 1863 he was promoted to rear admiral. Following the unsuccessful Red River Campaign of 1864, he was sent to command the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. After the war, he served for several years as superintendent of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and in 1869 he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. He died February 13, 1891, in Washington, D.C. Scope and Contents Collection consists primarily of correspondence to Admiral Porter from several high-ranking Union officers--including Generals Nathaniel P. Banks, Ulysses S. Grant, John A. McClernand, and William T. Sherman--regarding operations in the lower Mississippi River Valley. Collection contains accounts of the Yazoo River Expedition, the Arkansas Post Expedition, the Vicksburg Campaign, the siege of Jackson, Mississippi, and the Red River Campaign. Also contains information on gunboats and the operations of the Mississippi Squadron. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Digital Copies The David D. Porter Papers were digitized by Emma Marschall, February-April 2009. The images may be viewed online by clicking the links beside each item in the inventory. Preferred Citation David D. Porter Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Gunboats Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Mississippi River -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Steamboats United States -- Armed Forces United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863 Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891 United States. Navy Letter signed W.T. Sherman, steamer Forest Queen , to Porter, Flagship Black Hawk . “....I will give specific instructions in your company to the officers who will command the cavalry force to operate against the Yazoo up about Henry Island. I fear we will not secure those boats. If in danger of losing them surely the enemy will destroy them.” (1 page) D02085 1862 Dec 21 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, steamer Forest Queen , to Porter, Flagship Black Hawk , December 21, 1862 Note signed Joseph P. Couthouy, U.S.S. Chillicothe , off mouth of Red River, to Porter. Letter of transmissal regarding returns of deaths, desertions, and punishments on board his ship. (1 page) 1863 Jan 2 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, Right Wing, 13th Army Corps, camp Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana, to Col. J.A. Rawlins. Contains Sherman’s report to General U.S. Grant of the Yazoo River Expedition, December 1862. Includes list of killed, wounded, and missing, by brigade, for the right wing, 13th Army Corps. (16 pages) D01820 1863 Jan 3 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, Right Wing, 13th Army Corps, camp Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, to Col. J.A. Rawlins, January 3, 1863 Note signed A. Schwartz, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, steamer Tigress , to Porter. “I have the honor to transmit...a copy of the instructions communicated to the Generals commanding the two army corps of the Army of the Mississippi.” (1 page) D01821 1863 Jan 6 1 Note signed A. Schwartz, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, steamer Tigress , to [David D] Porter, January 6, 1863 Note signed J.A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, steamer Tigress , to Porter. “Will you please inform me when you are ready to move? I will also inform you when the transports will move.” (1 page) D01822 1863 Jan 8 1 Note signed J.A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, steamer Tigress , to [David D.] Porter, January 8, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, steamer Tigress , to Porter. “I propose to start in the morning....the gunboats might find a favorable landing for the protection of the disembarkation of the land forces at Notrib’s farm, three miles below the fort.” (2 pages) D01823 1863 Jan 8 1 Letter signed J.A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, steamer Tigress , to [David D.] Porter, January 8, 1863 Note signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Post Arkansas, to Porter. “I will advise you as soon as our boats with prisoners and wounded are ready. I will also provide for your wounded on board of my hospital boats, going up the Mississippi, if agreeable to you.” (1 page) D02086 1863 Jan 12 1 Note signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Post Arkansas, to [David D.] Porter, January 12, 1863 Letter signed W.A. Gorman, headquarters, Dist. East Arkansas, on board steamboat Kenton , mouth of White River, to Porter. Preparing for movement up White River. (1 page) D02087 1863 Jan 12 1 Letter signed W.A. Gorman, headquarters, Dist. East Arkansas, on board steamboat Kenton , mouth of White River, to [David D.] Porter, January 12, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Post Arkansas, to Porter. “...the transports bearing prisoners and sick and wounded will be ready for the convoy...” (1 page) D02088 1863 Jan 13 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Post Arkansas, to [David D.] Porter, January 13, 1863 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Post of Arkansas, to A. Schwartz, assistant adjutant general to Major General John A. McClernand. Contains Sherman’s report on the attack on Arkansas Post. Includes postscript dated January 15. (13 pages) D02089 1863 Jan 13 1 Letter signed W. T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Post of Arkansas, to A. Schwartz, assistant adjutant general to Major General John A. McClernand, January 13, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Post of Arkansas, to Porter. “A transport bearing a detail sent up the river today...was fired upon and some of the men wounded. I propose to send a regiment up in the morning to punish the aggression....” (1 page) D02120 1863 Jan 14 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Post of Arkansas, to [David D.] Porter, January 14, 1863 Letter signed L.M. Dayton, headquarters, Forest Queen , 15th Army Corps, to Porter. Regarding provisions. (1 page) D02121 1863 Jan 14 1 Letter signed L.M. Dayton, headquarters, Forest Queen , 15th Army Corps, to [David D.] Porter, January 14, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, Napoleon, [Arkansas], to Porter. Regarding departure of fleet for Milliken’s Bend. (1 page) D02122 1863 Jan 17-18 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, Napoleon, [Arkansas], to [David D.] Porter, January 17, 1863 Note signed Linus[?] Ramsey (by order of General J.A. McClernand), headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Steamer Tigress, to Porter. “...We will rendezvous at Napoleon.” (1 page) D02123 1863 Jan 17 1 Note signed Linus[?] Ramsey (by order of General J.A. McClernand), headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Steamer Tigress , to [David D.] Porter, January 17, 1863 Letter signed P. Davidson, headquarters, chief of artillery, D[istrict] E[ast], to Captain J.W. Gorman. Request recalling a detail of artillerymen from the 16th Ohio Battery. (Includes notes of W.A. Gorman, General McClernand, and General Grant.) (2 pages) D02124 1863 Jan 19 1 Letter signed P. Davidson, headquarters, chief of artillery, D[istrict] E[ast], to Captain J.W. Gorman, January 19, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, near Vicksburg, to Porter. “...transports were lately fired upon by persons at Greenville. This practice must be stopped.....I request that you take such measures...to protect unarmed transports passing up and down the Mississippi River.” (1 page) D02125 1863 Jan 25 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, near Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, January 25, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, near Vicksburg, to Porter. Requests convoy and protection for foraging expedition up the river. (1 page) D02126 1863 Jan 26 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, near Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, January 26, 1863 Note signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, near Vicksburg, to Porter. “It would be desirable that you should send one of your tugs under orders to increase the action of the water in the upper end of the canal by the use of its screw if you think it may be safely done.” (1 page) D02127 1863 Jan 28 1 Note signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, near Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, January 28, 1863 Letter signed J.H. Hammond, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, to Porter. “The general is before the court today....I mentioned the cavalry of the Marine Brigade to him. He has it under consideration....I had a decent cow to send you....” (2 pages) D02128 1863 Feb 10 1 Letter signed J.H. Hammond, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, to [David D.] Porter, February 10, 1863 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs House, Louisiana, to Brigadier General Steele. Reports “great commotion among the enemy...and other indications of a movement.” (Includes note of General Sherman to Porter regarding these movements.) (2 pages) D02129 1863 Feb 13 1 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs House, Louisiana, to Brigadier General Steele, February 13, 1863 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs Plantation, to Brigadier General Steele. “I have the honor to report that a large steamer without signals has just passed this landing and kept on without stopping until out of hearing. Three guns were fired at her....” (Includes note of General Sherman to Porter regarding the passage of the Indianola .) 2 pages D02130 1863 Feb 13 1 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs Plantation, to Brigadier General Steele, February 13, 1863 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps camp, to Porter. “I now send you a tracing of our map. Connecting our lines here with those of yours. I think it very correct. Our camps are almost afloat and the road worse than I can describe. We are literally mud bound. Should the river rise one foot now we will be almost forced to take to the levee and the trees. Our pickets report nothing new on the other shore on in the river below. I suppose we need not expect the Queen of the West for about five days.” (1 page) D02102 1863 Feb 19 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps camp, to [David D.] Porter, February 19, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant to Porter. “Report from opposite side of the point says that Queen has just gone down the river, also that heavy guns have been heard far down the river. The firing this afternoon was at the dummy. So far as heard no damage was done.” (2 pages) D02103 1863 Feb 24 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant to [David D.] Porter, February 24, 1863 Letter signed Grant to Porter. “I send you my reply to the letter brought by ‘flag of truce’....” (2 pages) D02104 1863 Mar 2 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant to [David D.] Porter, March 2, 1863 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs Plantation, to Brigadier General [Steele?]. “This will be handed to you by a negro man who has just arrived and who represents himself as having been one of the ‘Indianola’ crew....” (Includes note of General Sherman.) (2 pages) D02105 1863 Mar 3 1 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs Plantation, to Brigadier General [Steele?], March 3, 1863 Note signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, camp before Vicksburg, to General Grant. “I send the negro boy who came up this morning. He belongs to the Indianola and can tell his own tale....” (1 page) D02106 1863 Mar 3 1 Note signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, camp before Vicksburg, to General Grant, March 3, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant to Porter. “Will you be kind enough to furnish our dredging machines with one barrel of lubricating oil to last until some already sent for can be brought from Memphis....” Contemporary copy. (1 page) D02107 1863 Mar 10 1 Contemporary copy of a letter signed U. S. Grant to [David D.] Porter, March 10, 1863 Letter signed J.H. Hammond, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, near Vicksburg, to Porter. Reports on the efforts of Captain Hefferman to clean the passage. (2 pages) D02108 1863 Mar 10 1 Letter signed J.H. Hammond, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, near Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, March 10, 1863 Letter signed J.G. Klinck, Chief Quartermaster’s Office, 17th Army Corps, Lake Providence, to Captain A.K. Eddy. Regarding shipment of cotton on the steamboat Tigress belonging to W.C. Wagley. (1 page) D02109 1863 Mar 22 1 Letter signed J.G. Klinck, Chief Quartermaster's Office, 17th Army Corps, Lake Providence, to Captain A.K. Eddy, March 22, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant to Porter. “Should twelve to fifteen small boats be required at the foot of the Canal tonight, to be taken below to be used in landing troops at Warrenton, can they be got from you?....” (3 pages) D02110 1863 Mar 26 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant to [David D.] Porter, March 26, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Dept. of the Tennessee, before Vicksburg, to Porter. “I see by the Vicksburg papers an advertisement calling upon planters to bring in all their small boats to be sold to the Govt. May this not be intended to make a raid upon our transports and burn at least a part of them?....” (2 pages) D02132 1863 Apr 4 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Dept. of the Tennessee, before Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, April 4, 1863 Letter signed Wm. C. Stiles, Philadelphia, to U.S. Grant. Offers his plan for protecting the Union’s iron clad boats in the Mississippi River. Note of U.S. Grant dated April 16 on verso reads, “Referred to Admiral Porter.” (2 pages) D02133 1863 Apr 4 1 Letter signed Wm. C. Stiles, Philadelphia, to U.S. Grant, April 4, 1863 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs Plantation, to Porter. Mentions the damage done to the government transport Forest Queen . (1 page) D02134 1863 Apr 17 1 Letter signed Charles H. Abbott, headquarters, 30th Iowa Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Briggs Plantation, to [David D.] Porter, April 17, 1863 Letter signed Thomas S. Mather (colonel & chief of staff of General McClernand), headquarters, 9th Division, to Porter. “Several of the officers of General Osterhaus’ command report that they have just seen a number of men on the opposite side of the river who have shown a white flag...” (1 page) D02135 1863 Apr 20 1 Letter signed Thomas S. Mather (colonel and chief of staff of General McClernand), headquarters, 9th Division, to [David D.] Porter, April 20, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, Perkins’ Plantation, Louisiana, to Porter. “Several persons on the boat upon which I have just came say that they saw a long train back from the east bank of the Miss., moving in the direction of Grand Gulf. Could you cause a reconnaissance to be...made down the river for the purpose of making further discoveries?” (1 page) D02136 1863 Apr 25 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, Perkins' Plantation, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 25, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, Perkins’ Plantation, Louisiana, to Porter. “Having kindly said that the ‘Price’ might be used to transport troops to Grand Gulf, I propose to make her the flag ship of my fleet of transports, if she is capable of carrying a few horses....” (1 page) D02137 1863 Apr 26 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, Perkins' Plantation, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 26, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, Perkins’ Plantation, Louisiana, to Porter. Requests repairs for the steamer Empire City . (1 page) D02138 1863 Apr 26 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, Perkins' Plantation, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 26, 1863 Letter of U.S. Grant, Smith’s Plantation, Louisiana, to General W.T. Sherman. Suggests that Sherman make a reconnaissance of Haines’ Bluff. Contemporary copy. (2 pages) D02139 1863 Apr 27 1 Contemporary copy of letter of U.S. Grant, Smith's Plantation, Louisiana, to General W.T. Sherman, April 27, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, to Porter. Requests repairs for the steamer Horizon . (1 page) D02140 1863 Apr 27 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, to [David D.] Porter, April 27, 1863 Note signed Simeon H. Crane, provost marshal, 13th Army Corps, to Porter. “I send you by Lieut. Butterfield fourteen prisoners. Dispose of them as per Gen. Grant’s order of May 1, 1863.” (1 page) D02141 1863 May 2 1 Note signed Simeon H. Crane, provost marshal, 13th Army Corps, to [David D.] Porter, May 2, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, Port Gibson, to Porter. “Our forces entered this place...this morning. Found all the rebels gone and the bridges burned. [When the stream is bridged], I will move immediately to Grand Gulf....I do not anticipate any resistance....I think tomorrow at 10 o’clock my advance may be looked for at the Gulf. Would it not be well to have most of the gunboats there at the same time.” (2 pages) D02142 1863 May 2 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, Port Gibson, to [David D.] Porter, May 2, 1863 Special Order No. 68, headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana. Details Private Lewis B. Jones, Company A, 30th Ohio Infantry, for special duty on the tug Thistle . (1 page) D02143 1863 May 4 1 Special Order No. 68, headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, May 4, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, rear of Vicksburg, to Porter. “My forces are now investing Vicksburg. Sherman’s forces run[?] from the Miss. River above the city two miles east. McPherson is to his left and McClernand to the left of McPherson. If you can run down and throw shell in just back of the lower part of the city it would aid us and demoralize and already badly beaten enemy....” (2 pages) D02144 1863 May 19 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, rear of Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, May 19, 1863 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, to Porter. “My Right is on the Mississippi. We have possession of the Bluff down for a mile or more below the mouth of the Bayou. Can’t you send immediately a couple of gunboats down....” (1 page) D02145 1863 May 19 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, to [David D.] Porter, May 19, 1863 Note signed U.S. Grant, Haines Bluff, to Porter. “A gunboat playing on the second water battery would materially help us. The first water battery is in our possession.” (1 page) D02146 1863 May 20 1 Note signed U.S. Grant, Haines Bluff, to [David D.] Porter, May 20, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, near Vicksburg, to Porter. “I expect to assault the city at 10 a.m. tomorrow. I would request...that you send up the gunboats below the city and shell the rebel entrenchments....If the mortars could all be sent down to near the point on the Louisiana shore and throw in shells during the night it would materially aid me....” (1 page) D02147 1863 May 21 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, near Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, May 21, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, Lake’s Landing, Mississippi, to Porter. “Will you have the kindness to order the Marine Brigade to Hains’ Bluff with instructions to disembark at that point and remain in occupation till I can relieve them by other troops....I have also to request...two 9 inch guns, implements and ammunition, complete, to be placed in battery in the rear of Vicksburg....” (2 pages) D02148 1863 May 29 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, Lake's Landing, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, May 29, 1863 Letter signed Ezra Taylor, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Office, Chief of Artillery, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to Porter. Requests Porter “...to furnish to Lieut. Col. J. Condit Smith, Chief Quarter Master of this Corps, as many 30 pdr. Parrott Shells with fuzes and friction for same as you can conveniently spare....” (1 page) D02149 1863 June 3 1 Letter signed Ezra Taylor, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Office, Chief of Artillery, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, June 3, 1863 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, near Vicksburg, to Porter. Extends his thanks to Porter for furnishing guns, ammunition, and hand grenades. (1 page) D02150 1863 June 4 1 Letter signed John A. McClernand, headquarters, 13th Army Corps, near Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, June 4, 1863 Note signed Ezra Taylor, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Office Chief of Artillery, to Porter. Extends the thanks of General Sherman to Porter for furnishing the ammunition he requested. (1 page) D02151 1863 June 5 1 Note signed Ezra Taylor, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Office Chief of Artillery, to [David D.] Porter, June 5, 1863 Letter signed J.H. Burdick, Ordnance Office, Steamer South Wester , Yazoo River, to Porter. Requests ammunition from Porter. (1 page) D02152 1863 June 6 1 Letter signed J.H. Burdick, Ordnance Office, Steamer South Wester, Yazoo River, to [David D.] Porter, June 6, 1863 Letter signed Chas. R. Woods, headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to Captain R.M. Sawyer (assistant adjutant general, 15th Army Corps). Regarding the guard on the gunboat Cincinnati . (Includes note of General Sherman on verso which reads, “Respectfully referred to Admiral Porter. I was certain there was a mistake about the Guard. The shore near the Cincinnati is wooded. 4 sentinels are at the water’s edge and the rest of the Guard back out of sight.”) (2 pages) D02153 1863 June 7 1 Letter signed Chas. R. Woods, headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to Captain R.M. Sawyer (assistant adjutant general, 15th Army Corps), June 7, 1863 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to Porter. Sherman deems the bearer of this letter, Robt. H. Russell of Texas, worthy of a permit to go to Bayou Sara and thence to Texas. (1 page) D02154 1863 June 12 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, June 12, 1863 Note signed J.H. Burdick, Ordnance Office, Chickasaw Bayou, to Porter. Request for ammunition. (1 page) D02155 1863 June 14 1 Note signed J.H. Burdick, Ordnance Office, Chickasaw Bayou, to [David D.] Porter, June 14, 1863 Letter signed F.J. Herron, headquarters, Army of the Frontier, left of investing forces, to Porter. Regarding ammunition stores. (1 page) D02156 1863 June 18 1 Letter signed F.J. Herron, headquarters, Army of the Frontier, left of investing forces, to [David D.] Porter, June 18, 1863 Letter signed H.T. Reid, headquarters, Post of Providence, Louisiana, to Brigadier General Elias S. Dennis. Regarding the movements of Confederate forces in Arkansas. Includes note of U.S. Grant dated June 24 on verso forwarding the letter to Admiral Porter. (3 pages) D02157 1863 June 22 1 Letter signed H.T. Reid, headquarters, Post of Providence, Louisiana, to Brigadier General Elias S. Dennis, June 22, 1863 Letter signed Chas. R. Woods, headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Walnut Hills, Mississippi, to Porter. Regarding the progress of his effort to remove guns from the gunboat Cincinnati . (2 pages) 1863 June 26 1 Letter signed John C. Miller, headquarters, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, to Major J.H. Hammond. Mentions reports of enemy movements. Includes note of General Sherman. (2 pages) D02158 1863 June 30 1 Letter signed John C. Miller, headquarters, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, to Major J.H. Hammond, June 30, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant to Porter. “The company you speak of being captured at Brook Haven is the one I expected to reach Pensacola....” (1 page) D02159 1863 July 6 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant to [David D.] Porter, July 6, 1863 Note signed Jno. S. Rawlins, headquarters, Department of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Porter. “The General is out; have sent your dispatches to him, and have no doubt he will carry out your suggestion as to the movement of Gen. Herron.” (1 page) D02160 1863 July 11 1 Note signed Jno. S. Rawlins, headquarters, Department of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, July 11, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Dept. of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Porter. Regarding boats going to Natchez. (2 pages) D02161 1863 July 12 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Dept. of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, July 12, 1863 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, Army in the Field, Jackson, Mississippi, to Porter. Contains account of the siege of Jackson, Mississippi. (4 pages) D02162 1863 July 19 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, Army in the Field, Jackson, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, July 19, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Dept of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Porter. Grant suggests “that the gunboats between here and Cairo be instructed to let all boats pass until further orders, without convoy.” (2 pages) D02163 1863 July 21 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Dept of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, July 21, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Porter. “I am called in just now for transports to supply Gen. Banks to move the Confederate and our sick, to send off prisoners of war who refused to take the parole, to return the 9th Army Corps to Gen. Burnside and lastly I am ordered from Washington to send a force to Helena to go after Price who is said to be moving into southeast Missouri.” Requests boats from Naval Brigade. (2 pages) D02164 1863 July 21 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, July 21, 1863 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Department of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Porter. Grant requests that soldiers in his command now on Porter’s vessels be directed to report to Lieut. Col. L. Kent, provost marshal general at Vicksburg. (1 page) D02165 1863 July 23 1 Letter signed U.S. Grant, headquarters, Department of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, July 23, 1863 Letter signed James W. Shirk, U.S. Ship Tuscumbia , U.S. Mississippi Squadron, to Porter. Discusses the want of officers for this ship. (1 page) D02166 1863 July 23 1 Letter signed James W. Shirk, U.S. Ship Tuscumbia , U.S. Mississippi Squadron, to [David D.] Porter, July 23, 1863 Telegram of S.P. Chase to surveyor customs. “Clear boats & cargoes except of prohibited articles for New Orleans if desired taken bond not to land goods at intermediate points except under permits authorize by existing regulations.” (1 page) D02178 1863 July 23 1 Telegram signed S.P. Chase to surveyor custom, July 23, 1863 Telegram of S.P. Chase to surveyor customs. “Goods shipped to New Orleans under bond not to land at any intermediate points and not be charged the five percent fee.” (1 page) D02179 1863 July 25 1 Telegram of S.P. Chase to surveyor custom, July 25, 1863 Letter signed Nimrod B. McPherson (lieutenant commanding Company A, 101st Illinois Volunteers), on board gun boat “Gen. Bragg,” off Helena, Arkansas, to General U.S. Grant. Complains of treatment his company has received from naval officers. Includes note of General Grant dated August 19 on verso requesting of Admiral Porter that “this company be ordered to its regiment if it can be spared from its present duty without detriment to the service.” (2 pages) D02090 1863 Aug 4 1 Letter signed Nimrod B. McPherson (lieutenant commanding Company A, 101st Illinois Volunteers), on board gun boat "Gen. Bragg," off Helena, Arkansas, to General U.S. Grant, August 4, 1863 Letter signed Jno. V. Johnston, U.S.S. Romeo , White River, to Porter. Requests 10 or 12 seaman to fill positions in his crew. (1 page) D02091 1863 Aug 18 1 Letter signed Jno. V. Johnston, U.S.S. Romeo , White River, to [David D.] Porter, August 18, 1863 Letter signed S.A. Hurlbut, headquarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee, to commanding officer, Navy Department at Cairo, Illinois. Letter of transmissal of report of General F. Steele, commanding expedition in Arkansas. (1 page) D02092 1863 Aug 20 1 Letter signed S.A. Hurlbut, headquarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee, to commanding officer, Navy Department at Cairo, Illinois, August 20, 1863 Letter signed Thos. O. Selfridge, U.S.S. Conestoga , Vicksburg, to Porter. Contains accounts of the movement of boats in the vicinity of Vicksburg. (2 pages) D02093 1863 Aug 22 1 Letter signed Thos. O. Selfridge, U.S.S. Conestoga , Vicksburg, to [David D.] Porter, August 22, 1863 Letter signed Joshua Bishop, U.S.S. General Bragg , off Helena, to Porter. Regarding Acting 2nd Assistant Engineer W.U. Jackson’s intention not to accept his appointment. (2 pages) D02094 1863 Aug 23 1 Letter signed Joshua Bishop, U.S.S. General Bragg , off Helena, to [David D.] Porter, August 23, 1863 Letter signed Geo. M. Bache, U.S.S. Linden , White River, to Porter. Mentions several boats and officers. (3 pages) D02095 1863 Aug 27 1 Letter signed Geo. M. Bache, U.S.S. Linden , White River, to [David D.] Porter, August 27, 1863 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, 19th Army Corps, New Orleans, to Porter. Requests “assistance of some of your gunboats to keep up uninterrupted communication on the Mississippi River....There is great need of patrolling boats along the river, from the mouth of the Red River to College Point...” (2 pages) D02096 1863 Aug 28 1 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, 19th Army Corps, New Orleans, to [David D.] Porter, August 28, 1863 Letter signed John McLeod Murphy, U.S.S. Carondelet , off Hurricane Plantation, Mississippi River, to Porter. Mentions appointment of commissioners to receive testimony relating to depredations committed by Ellet’s Marine Brigade last July; and efforts to protect the Indianola . (1 page) D02097 1863 Aug 29 1 Letter signed John McLeod Murphy, U.S.S. Carondelet , off Hurricane Plantation, Mississippi River, to [David D.] Porter, August 29, 1863 Letter signed Jas. Laning (Act. Vol. Lieut. U.S.N., Supt. of Construction), Cairo, Illinois, to Porter. Regarding claims relating to the construction of the Lafayette and Choctaw . (1 page) D02098 1863 Aug 31 1 Letter signed Jas. Laning (Act. Vol. Lieut. U.S.N., Supt. of Construction), Cairo, Illinois, to [David D.] Porter, August 31, 1863 Letter signed W. Brenton Boggs, Office of Purchasing Paymaster, Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, to Porter. Request permission to employ a temporary writer. (1 page) D02099 1863 Aug 31 1 Letter signed W. Brinton Boggs, Office of Purchasing Paymaster, Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, to [David D.] Porter, August 31, 1863 Letter signed LeRoy Fitch, U.S. Steamer Moose , Cincinnati, Ohio, to Porter. Regarding medical surveys. (2 pages) D02100 1863 Sept 1 1 Letter signed LeRoy Fitch, U.S. Steamer Moose , Cincinnati, Ohio, to [David D.] Porter, September 1, 1863 Letter signed Frank M. Ramsay, U.S.S. Choctaw , off mouth of Red River, to Porter. Mentions movements of federal gunboats against rebel forces near Morganza. (2 pages) D02101 1863 Sept 4 1 Letter signed Frank M. Ramsay, U.S.S. Choctaw , off mouth of Red River, to [David D.] Porter, September 4, 1863 Note signed S.A. Hurlbut, headquarters, 16th Army Corps, to Porter. “....Genl. Steele thinks that the gunboats in White River should be replaced by others, as they are out of repair.” (1 page) D02180 1863 Sept 5 1 Letter signed S.A. Hurlbut, headquarters, 16th Army Corps, to [David D.] Porter, September 5, 1863 Letter signed Geo. M. Bache, U.S.S. Marmora , Duvall’s Bluff, to Porter. Mentions expedition of the Romeo to Augusta to catch a Colonel Matlock who was conscripting in the area. (1 page) D02181 1863 Sept 5 1 Letter signed Geo. M. Bache, U.S.S. Marmora , Duvall's Bluff, to [David D.] Porter, September 5, 1863 Letter signed Frank M. Ramsay, U.S.S. Choctaw , off mouth of Red River, to Porter. Contains information regarding movements of rebel gunboats obtained from a deserter named George Gallagher; includes detailed description of the rebel gunboat Missouri . (3 pages) D02182 1863 Sept 6 1 Letter signed Frank M. Ramsay, U.S.S. Choctaw , off mouth of Red River, to [David D.] Porter, September 6, 1863 Letter signed K.R. Breese, Office Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, to Porter. Mentions several gunboats. (3 pages) D02183 1863 Sept 6 1 Letter signed K.R. Breese, Office Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, to [David D.] Porter, September 6, 1863 Letter signed S.L. Phelps, U.S. Gunboat Hastings , Helena, to Porter. Regarding the movement of federal gunboats. (2 pages) D02184 1863 Sept 8 1 Letter signed S.L. Phelps, U.S. Gunboat Hastings , Helena, to [David D.] Porter, September 8, 1863 Note signed Geo. P. Lord, U.S. Gunboat Covington , Duvall’s Bluffs, Arkansas, to Porter. “...most dispatches that come to this vessel are directed to Actg. Vol. Lieut. J.S. Hurd. I have been commanding this vessel since June 18, 1863.” (1 page) D02185 1863 Sept 11 1 Note signed Geo. P. Lord, U.S. Gunboat Covington , Duvall's Bluffs, Arkansas, to [David D.] Porter, September 11, 1863 Letter signed S.A. Hurlbut, headquarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee, to commanding officer, U.S. Navy, Cairo, Illinois. Reports that a force of guerrillas is near Daniel’s Point and another force will soon be at Hickman’s Bend. (1 page) D02186 1863 Sept 13 1 Letter signed S.A. Hurlbut, headquarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee, to commanding officer, U.S. Navy, Cairo, Illinois, September 13, 1863 Letter signed K.R. Breese, Office Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, to Porter. Discusses status of several federal gunboats and mentions desire of Walker to join the Squadron. (3 pages) D02187 1863 Sept 13 1 Letter signed K.R. Breese, Office Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, to [David D.] Porter, September 13, 1863 Letter signed Jas. A. Greer, U.S.S. Benton , off Natchez, to Porter. Regarding efforts of a man named Drake, a citizen of Illinois, to receive gunboat protection for his shipment of cotton. (2 pages) D02188 1863 Sept 14 1 Letter signed Jas. A. Greer, U.S.S. Benton , off Natchez, to [David D.] Porter, September 14, 1863 Letter signed LeRoy Fitch, Office Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, to Porter. Recommendation for promotion of Acting Ensign Joseph Watson to acting master. (2 pages) D02189 1863 Sept 16 1 Letter signed LeRoy Fitch, Office Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, to [David D.] Porter, September 16, 1863 Letter signed Jas. Laning, Cairo, Illinois, to Porter. Reports himself ready for any service. (1 page) D02190 1863 Sept 17 1 Letter signed Jas. Laning, Cairo, Illinois, to [David D.] Porter, September 17, 1863 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, to Porter. Regarding gunboats to be sent to the Atchafalaya and Berwick’s Bay. (3 pages) D02191 1863 Dec 15 1 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, to [David D.] Porter, December 15, 1863 Letter signed Jas. P. Foster, U.S.S. LaFayette , off Bayou Sara, Louisiana, to Porter. Regarding the firing on the Von Phul . (2 pages) D02192 1863 Dec 22 1 Letter signed Jas. P. Foster, U.S.S. LaFayette , off Bayou Sara, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, December 22, 1863 Letter signed E.K. Owen, U.S.S. Louisville , off Skipwith Landing, to Porter. Regarding stores sent on Champion No. 5 and Great Western . (1 page) D02193 1863 Dec 25 1 Letter signed E.K. Owen, U.S.S. Louisville , off Skipwith Landing, to [David D.] Porter, December 25, 1863 Letter signed Jas. M. Prichett, U.S. Gun Boat Tyler , mouth of White River, to Porter. Regarding J.F. Wright, a resident of Mississippi, who brings salt from Napoleon to Bolivar County. (1 page) D02194 1863 Dec 27 1 Letter signed Jas. M. Prichett, U.S. Gun Boat Tyler , mouth of White River, to [David D.] Porter, December 27, 1863 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, to Porter. Regarding the removal of the guns mounted on the river at Port Hudson, and gunboats to be sent to the Atchafalaya and Berwick’s Bay. (2 pages) D02195 1863 Dec 29 1 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, to [David D.] Porter, December 29, 1863 Letter signed A.S. Bowen, U.S. Naval Rendezvous, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Porter. Mentions men working for him. (1 page) D02196 1863 Dec 31 1 Letter signed A.S. Bowen, U.S. Naval Rendezvous, Cincinnati, Ohio, to [David D.] Porter, December 31, 1863 Letter signed M.R. Kintzing, Marine Barracks, Cairo, to Porter. Reports arrival of detachment of U.S. Marines. (1 page) D02197 1864 Jan 1 1 Letter signed M.R. Kintzing, Marine Barracks, Cairo, to [David D.] Porter, January 1, 1864 Letter signed James W. Shirk, U.S.S. Peosta , Savannah, Tennessee, to Porter. Mentions bands of rebels in Tennessee. (1 page) D02198 1864 Jan 8 1 Letter signed James W. Shirk, U.S.S. Peosta , Savannah, Tennessee, to [David D.] Porter, January 8, 1864 Letter signed E.K. Owen, U.S.S. Marmora , off Yazoo City, to Porter. Discusses taking formal possession of Yazoo City, and depredations committed by Acting Ensign Daniel Jones and Acting Master’s Mate H.M. Scott. (4 pages) D02199 1864 Feb 10 2 Letter signed E.K. Owen, U.S.S. Marmora , off Yazoo City, to [David D.] Porter, February 10, 1864 Letter signed Geo. P. Lord, U.S.S. Covington , to Porter. Contains report of a refugee, Captain Delancy, regarding Confederate ironclads. (3 pages) D02200 1864 Feb 20 2 Letter signed Geo. P. Lord, U.S.S. Covington , to [David D.] Porter, February 20, 1864 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, to Porter. Regarding plans for Red River Campaign. (2 pages) D02201 1864 Feb 20 2 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, to [David D.] Porter, February 20, 1864 Letter signed Alfred W. Ellet, headquarters, Mississippi Marine Brigade, flag ship Autocrat , Grand Gulf, Mississippi, to Porter. Request investigation of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Hoel, who stopped the steamer Welcome , which was carrying troops under Ellet’s orders. (2 pages) D02167 1864 Feb 24 2 Letter signed Alfred W. Ellet, headquarters, Mississippi Marine Brigade, flag ship Autocrat , Grand Gulf, Mississippi, to [David D.] Porter, February 24, 1864 Letter signed J.S. Watson, U.S.S. Juliet , off Ellis’ Cliffs, to Lieut. Commander F.M. Ramsay. Reports on recent action of the Cricket , which inadvertently fired on a scouting party near the head of Glascock’s Island. (2 pages) D02168 1864 Feb 29 2 Letter signed J.S. Watson, U.S.S. Juliet , off Ellis' Cliffs, to Lieut. Commander F.M. Ramsay, February 29, 1864 Letter signed Robert Townsend, U.S. Ironclad Steamer Essex , off Donaldsonville, Louisiana, to Commodore James S. Palmer. Mentions the sinking of the steam scow Hope in a collision with the St. Clair . (2 pages) D02202 1864 Mar 1 2 Letter signed Robert Townsend, U.S. Ironclad Steamer Essex , off Donaldsonville, Louisiana, to Commodore James S. Palmer, March 1, 1864 Note signed John G. Mitchell, U.S.S. Carondelet , Gaines Landing, to Porter. Requests copy of the Regulations of the Treasury of March 31, 1863. (1 page) D02169 1864 Mar 2 2 Note signed John G. Mitchell, U.S.S. Carondelet , Gaines Landing, to [David D.] Porter, March 2, 1864 Letter signed Geo. P. Lord, U.S.S. Covington , White River, to Porter. Mentions Pilot McKay. (1 page) D02170 1864 Mar 3 2 Letter signed Geo. P. Lord, U.S.S. Covington , White River, to [David D.] Porter, March 3, 1864 Letter signed J. Palmer, U.S.S. Pensacola , off New Orleans, Louisiana, to Porter. (2 pages) D02171 1864 Mar 7 2 Letter signed J. Palmer, U.S.S. Pensacola , off New Orleans, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, March 7, 1864 Letter signed J. Palmer, U.S.S. Pensacola , off New Orleans, Louisiana, to Porter. The owner of the steamer Hope , which was sunk by the St. Clair , is coming to present his case. (1 page) D02172 1864 Mar 7 2 Letter signed J. Palmer, U.S.S. Pensacola , off New Orleans, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, March 7, 1864 Letter signed Robert Townsend, U.S. Ironclad Steamer Essex , off Red River, to Porter. Request permission to send Coxswain Stephen H. Berry, who is ill, to Cairo. (1 page) D02173 1864 Mar 8 2 Letter signed Robert Townsend, U.S. Ironclad Steamer Essex , off Red River, to [David D.] Porter, March 8, 1864 Letter signed Geo. L. Andrews, headquarters U.S. Forces, Port Hudson, Louisiana, to Lieut. Commander J.P. Foster. Reports that rebels intend to exchange cotton for medicines under a flag of truce. (1 page) D02174 1864 Mar 8 2 Letter signed Geo. L. Andrews, headquarters U.S. Forces, Port Hudson, Louisiana, to Lieut. Commander J.P. Foster, March 8, 1864 Letter signed Ch. P. Stone, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, to Porter. Request assistance for passing the Iberville and Jennie Rodgers . (2 pages) D02175 1864 Mar 30 2 Letter signed Ch. P. Stone, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, to [David D.] Porter, March 30, 1864 Letter signed Ch. P. Stone, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, to Porter. Regarding the Alice Vivian . (1 page) D02176 1864 Mar 30 2 Letter signed Ch. P. Stone, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, to [David D.] Porter, March 30, 1864 Letter signed Thos. O. Selfridge, U.S.S. Osage , Grand Ecore, to Porter. “....Our cavalry made a reconnaissance towards Alexandria yesterday, & found the rebels in strong force. We have all the cotton worth taking in the three gunboats.” (2 pages) D02177 [1864 Apr?] 2 Letter signed Thos. O. Selfridge, U.S.S. Osage , Grand Ecore, to [David D.] Porter, [April 1864?] Letter signed Jas. M. Prichett, U.S. Gun Boat Tyler , mouth of White River, to Porter. “...I have this day sent the officers and crew of the Linden to Cairo by the New National . (1 page) D02203 1864 Apr 1 2 Letter signed Jas. M. Prichett, U.S. Gun Boat Tyler , mouth of White River, to [David D.] Porter, April 1, 1864 Note signed Charles A. Wright, U.S.S. Avenger , mouth Black River, Louisiana, to Porter. Forwards quarterly returns. (1 page) D02204 1864 Apr 3 2 Note signed Charles A. Wright, U.S.S. Avenger , mouth Black River, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 3, 1864 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi, Nashville, Tennessee, to Porter. Discusses General Banks’ movements. (4 pages) D02205 1864 Apr 3 2 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi, Nashville, Tennessee, to [David D.] Porter, April 3, 1864 Letter signed Geo. M. Bache, U.S.S. Lexington , to Porter. Describes skirmish with rebel forces at Camptown [Campti?]. (2 pages) D02206 1864 Apr 4 2 Letter signed Geo. M. Bache, U.S.S. Lexington , to [David D.] Porter, April 4, 1864 Letter signed E.K. Owen, U.S.S. Louisville , to Porter. Regarding operations. (2 pages) D02207 1864 Apr 5 2 Letter signed E.K. Owen, U.S.S. Louisville , to [David D.] Porter, April 5, 1864 Letter signed N.P. Banks, Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, Louisiana, to Porter. Mentions the arrest of Hanson and Sells and policy regarding cotton shipments. (2 pages) D02208 1864 Apr 6 2 Letter signed N.P. Banks, Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 6, 1864 Letter signed K.R. Breese, Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk , to Porter. Mentions boats traveling on the river. (4 pages) D02210 1864 Apr 6 2 Letter signed K.R. Breese, Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk , to [David D.] Porter, April 6, 1864 Letter signed Robert Townsend, U.S. Ironclad Steamer Essex , off Fort De Russey, to Porter. Regarding the effect of shot on the ironclad, casemated battery at the fort. (1 page) D02211 1864 Apr 8 2 Letter signed Robert Townsend, U.S. Ironclad Steamer Essex , off Fort De Russey, to [David D.] Porter, April 8, 1864 Letter signed Thos. Kilby Smith, headquarters, 17th Army Corps, Hastings , to Porter. Briefly reports on skirmishes with rebels. (2 pages) D02212 1864 Apr 8 2 Letter signed Thos. Kilby Smith, headquarters, 17th Army Corps, Hastings , to [David D.] Porter, April 8, 1864 Letter signed Watson Smith, Mississippi Squadron, to Porter. Regarding the grounding of his vessel in the river. (3 pages) D02213 1864 Apr 10 2 Letter signed Watson Smith, Mississippi Squadron, to [David D.] Porter, April 10, 1864 Letter signed S.L. Phelps, U.S. Ironclad Ram Eastport , Grand Ecore, to Porter. “...Our army is in full retreat to this point....” (1 page) D02214 1864 Apr 10 2 Letter signed S.L. Phelps, U.S. Ironclad Ram Eastport , Grand Ecore, to [David D.] Porter, April 10, 1864 Letter signed Thos. Kilby Smith, headquarters, 17th Army Corps, steamer Hastings , on Red River, Louisiana, to Porter. Contains report of General Banks’ battle with rebel forces near Mansfield. (2 pages) D02215 1864 Apr 10 2 Letter signed Thos. Kilby Smith, headquarters, 17th Army Corps, steamer Hastings , on Red River, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 10, 1864 Letter signed C[yrenus] Dominey, steamer General Bragg , mouth of Red River, to Porter. Reports a Mr. Bennet’s demand for confiscated cotton on board the U.S.S. Juliette . (Attached are letter signed W. Bennet, office of assistant special agent of the Treasury Dept. for Leasing Abandoned Plantations, Natchez, Mississippi, to Capt. Cyrenus Dominey, stating his rights to cotton confiscated from the Elger Plantation; and document signed W. Bennet describing seized bales of cotton.) D02216 1864 Apr 12 2 Letter signed C[yrenus] Dominey, steamer General Bragg , mouth of Red River, to [David D.] Porter, April 12, 1864 Letter signed Geo. B. Drake, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to Porter. “The Commanding General [has recalled] the signal officer from duty with you, to send him out in direction of Campti.” (1 page) D02217 1864 Apr 14 2 Letter signed Geo. B. Drake, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to [David D.] Porter, April 14, 1864 Letter signed Ch. P. Stone, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to Porter. Regarding receipt and delivery of dispatches to Lt. Com. Smith and Brig. Gen. Kilby Smith. (1 page) D02218 1864 Apr 14 2 Letter signed Ch. P. Stone, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to [David D.] Porter, April 14, 1864 Letter signed Thos. O. Selfridge, U.S.S. Osage , Grand Ecore, to Porter. Mentions that he will bring cotton down; also mentions a Col. Bailey, “who has much experience in raising boats.” (2 pages) D02219 [1864] Apr 17 2 Letter signed Thos. O. Selfridge, U.S.S. Osage , Grand Ecore, to [David D.] Porter, April 17, 1864 Letter signed B. Wilson, Ouichita [Ouachita] , mouth Red River, to Lt. Com. K.R. Breese. “...[have] heard nothing lately from Fort Pillow....” (1 page) D02220 1864 Apr 17 2 Letter signed B. Wilson, Ouichita [Ouachita] , mouth Red River, to Lt. Com. K. R. Breese, April 17, 1864 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, on board U.S.S. Osage . Questions whether he will receive cooperation from General Steele in moving on Shreveport. 3 pages D02221 1864 Apr 17 2 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, on board U.S.S. Osage , April 17, 1864 Letter signed Jas. P. Foster, U.S.S. La Fayette , to Porter. Recounts recent operations on the Black River and Mississippi River. (5 pages) D02222 1864 Apr 20 2 Letter signed Jas. P. Foster, U.S.S. La Fayette , to [David D.] Porter, April 20, 1864 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to Porter. Recommends Mr. Conway, chief of telegraphic operations. (1 page) D02223 1864 Apr 20 2 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Grand Ecore, to [David D.] Porter, April 20, 1864 Letter signed Watson Smith, U.S.S. Chillicothe , above falls, Alexandria, Louisiana, to Porter. Reports on condition and whereabouts of gunboats, and skirmishes with rebels. (3 pages) D02224 1864 Apr 25 2 Letter signed Watson Smith, U.S.S. Chillicothe , above falls, Alexandria, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 25, 1864 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, Louisiana, to Porter. “Colonel Bailey has been ordered to build the dam...” (1 page) D02225 1864 Apr 29 2 Letter signed N.P. Banks, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 29, 1864 Note signed Geo. B. Drake, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, Louisiana, to Porter. “Permission has been granted Major General McClernand to have the muskets of his command discharged at 5:30 p.m. By command of Major General Banks.” (1 page) D02226 1864 Apr 29 2 Note signed Geo. B. Drake, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, Louisiana, to [David D.] Porter, April 29, 1864 Letter signed William Dwight, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, to Porter. Request the loan of a boat to lay a bridge across Red River. (1 page) D02227 1864 Apr 29 2 Letter signed William Dwight, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, to [David D.] Porter, April 29, 1864 Letter signed C. Grover, headquarters U.S. Forces, Alexandria, Louisiana, to the assistant adjutant general, headquarters, Department of the Gulf. Requests “that the commander of the flotilla of this post be requested not to open fire upon the other side of the river without a direct request from Col. Molineaux, commanding brigade near Pineville...” (1 page) D02228 1864 May 1 2 Letter signed C. Grover, headquarters U.S. Forces, Alexandria, Louisiana, to the assistant adjutant general, headquarters, Department of the Gulf, May 1, 1864