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,
VICKSBURG, MISS., August 30, 1863.
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,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 213-4
O.R., I, xxx, part 3, p 227