Colonel Comstock has just arrived with a letter from General Grant. He wants me to be able to move as early as May 1. I will ask Thomas to have one of the gunboats patrol the river by Bridgeport. Thomas would like to confer with me in person and if possible, receive a copy of Grant’s letter. It may not be possible for us to meet until I go down to Chattanooga.
Halleck has warned me of a conspiracy to damage boats on the rivers. I passed that warning on to Cairo and St Louis and request that they so warn the steam boat captains. Captains shall have authority to protect their boats by whatever means possible. These agents are not protected as soldiers and should receive no mercy.