that place to be forwarded by him on Cartel ship to Vicksburg for exchange under the provisions of the Cartel agreed upon between the United States and Confederate authorities.
I am, Sir, Very Respectfully
Your Ob't. Servant.
U. S. GRANT
Maj Gen. Commdg.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 19, 1862, Col. Jesse Hildebrand wrote to USG. "In answer to yours of the 15th inst I have to inform you that in transferring a lot of Prisoners from this Prison to Johnstons Island on the 14th of last month, Col Faulkner made his escape and has not been herd of since. Capt Merriweather has been sent to Cairo for exchange" LS, ibid., RG 109, Unfiled Papers and Slips. O. R., II, v, 99. See letter to Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, Dec. 15, 1862.
Dec. 15th 1862
Yesterday I received a letter from you and the children and one from Uncle Samuel. 1 Today I learn by telegraph that father is at Holly Springs thirty miles North of here. Julia is there and as I expect the rail-road to be completed to here by to-morrow I look for them down. 2 I shall only remain here to-morrow, or next day at farthest; so that Julia will go immediately back to Holly Spri[ngs. ] It is a pleasant place and she may as well stay there as elswhere. I will state here before I forget it that I will give father fifty dollars to be used for the children. So you need not wait for anything they may need to get the money.
We are now having wet weather. I have a big Army in front of me as well as bad roads. I shall probably give a good account of myself however notwithstanding all obsticles. My plans are