Oxford Miss. 5 P M
Decr. 9, 62.
MAJ GEN HALLECK.
The number of prisoners taken on the advance here proves over 1.200 1 Besides these many deserters come in daily to take the oath of allegiance & return horn to the border states. I have permitted a great many from Ky, Tennessee & Missouri, of those taken in arms to take the oath & go home, A letter from Gen McClernand, 2 just rec'd states that he expects to go forward in a few days. Sherman has already gone The enterprise would be much safer in charge of the latter
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 6, 8, 24, 88, 91. O.R., I, xvii, part 1, 475. See letter to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, Dec. 18, 1862.