I herewith send you Special Order No. 15, which considerably modifies the order to which you allude. —You will permit me to say that your sympathetics are entirely out of place, as truth and history must record the fact that the Southern people residing in localities where both of our Armies have been camped, prefer the continuity of the 'Northern invaders' to the protection of the Southern Chivalry—You are too well versed in the science of War, to be ignorant of the fact that these orders are far more mild than could have been expected after the treatment that helpless Union families have received at the hands of rebels in this city. -Add to this the fact that a large part of all the information received by you, can be traced directly through the families excluded by these orders, and your application for sympathy in their behalf is somewhat amusing. —The great error that the Federal Officers have committed during this war has been their over kindness to a vindictive and insulting foe. Your threats and intimations of personal danger to Genl Grant are in bad taste and should be carefully revised before publication; whether he 'can guard his own lines' the history of the battles of Shiloh and Donelson will fully show;—Should any families embraced within the orders above alluded to, be obstinate and refuse to comply with order 15, they shall be escorted to the distance of ten miles from this City to such points as they may request." LS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Kan., Unentered Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 99. On July 15, Thompson wrote a letter to the editors of the Memphis Appeal, then published in Grenada, Miss., enclosing a copy of his letter of July 14 to USG. "Knowing the great anxiety which will prevail among the citizens of Memphis who are now in our army, when they see the order of Gen. Grant, it may be well to let them know that the matter is being attended to, and if the order is carried out, (which I now doubt, as no one has yet arrived here who left Memphis upon the order, ) that all that human energy can do to relieve the exiles shall be done. Mr. Howard, of Memphis, has tendered me a thousand dollars as his quota, if necessary, to provide for them, and there are doubtless other patriots near at hand to tender sufficient means to alleviate their wants. Let the brave Memphians and Tennesseeans stand firm at their posts, wherever they are—Northern Mississippi is filled with their friends, who will see that no evil befall their loved ones, if mortal power can avert it. I have sent into Memphis a flag of truce with the following letter, by Capt. Ed. E. Porter, C. S. A., and hope that satisfactory arrangements will be made." Memphis Appeal, July 16, 1862.
Memphis July 3rd 1862
MAJ GENL H W HALLECK
So well satisfied am I from information received, and which I telegraph herewith, that I deem it my duty in the absence of