“I shall leave here to-morrow for New Orleans”

Aug 30 1863.  I received the following letter from Gen. Sherman,

SHERMAN’S HEADQUARTERS, August 30, 1863

General GRANT, Vicksburg:

We have taken 2 men in arms who profess to belong to Pinson’s cavalry, detached, they say, along with 11 others who escaped into the canebrake. These men have no uniform, no marks of a soldier’s dress; are not even dressed alike, and are clothed as citizens. We should not treat such men as soldiers. We should insist on their soldiers wearing a uniform-something to distinguish them from the common citizen. Shall I proceed against them as spies? At the time of capture they were fully equipped, were outside of our lines dogging one of our mounted parties coming back from a regular scout. I wish I had made this point by flag of truce yesterday, but it will do for the next.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

I replied,

VICKSBURG, MISS., August 30, 1863.

General SHERMAN:

Send in the prisoners you have taken without uniform, to be confined in jail until their case can be made the subject of a communication. I shall leave here to-morrow for New Orleans. In my absence you can send the communication. I will probably be gone ten days.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 213-4

O.R., I, xxx, part 3, p 227

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