The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

May 2, 1865 Washington, D.C., Message on Use of Safe Transports from Lewis B. Parsons, Chief of Rail and River Transportation

Washington, D.C., May 2, 1865.

SIR: As it is probable a large number of troops will soon be returning to their homes, the strictest attention should be given to prevent the use of any but perfectly safe transports, under experienced and careful masters, provided with everything necessary for the safety and comfort of troops. Especial care should be taken to see that they are thoroughly clean and that they are not overloaded. The late calamity to the steamer Sultana shows the need of extreme caution which will be expected from all officers in the management of river transportation.

By order of the Quartermaster-General:

Very respectfully,

 LEWIS B. PARSONS, Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

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