“The rebel flag-of-truce boat William Allison … this afternoon, was blown up by a torpedo”

I have learned that a rebel ship carrying supplies to our soldiers in prison camps has just exploded, most likely by running into one of their own torpedoes.  I wrote Sec. Stanton,

CITY POINT, VA., February 17, 1865-8.30 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The rebel flag-of-truce boat William Allison, while on her upward trip from Cox’s Landing, this afternoon, was blown up by a torpedo. The boat went down almost immediately. Our pickets saw no survivors from her. There were no prisoners aboard at the time. This catastrophe probably arose from one of the enemy’s own torpedoes which has been in the water for a long time.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 434

O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 574

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