Oxford, Dec 13th 1862
COL. DUBOIS, HOLLY SPRINGS,
All prisoners who give themselves up and are not taken in battle may be paroled and set at liberty. All others should be sent for exchange except cases where the Commdg Officer is satisfied that the parties will go North and remain. 1
Passes through lines will always be given to paroled prisoners. A list must be kept of all such a copy of which will be sent to Washington.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 13, 1862, Col. John V. D. Du Bois had telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Please inform me if such confederate prisoners as have reached this place & in good faith are willing to take the oath of allegiance wheuther they will be permitted pass these lines & proceed to their homes" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
On Dec. 13, Capt. Theodore S. Bowers, Holly Springs, issued Special Orders No. 46. "The territory from and including Cold Water on the north, to and including Oxford on the south, will constitute the District of the Tallahatchie. Col. R. C. Murphy, 8th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, is assigned to the command of same, and will with the force under his command guard and protect the Railroad through his District." Printed, Oglesby Papers, IHi. Copies are lacking in USG records because of their destruction in the C. S. A. capture of Holly Springs one week later. These orders placed Col. Robert C. Murphy, 8th Wis., in command at Holly Springs instead of Du Bois. On Dec. 13, Murphy telegraphed to Rawlins. "Soldiers are applying here for transportation to Memphis who belongs to Gen Shermans Comd alleging that Gen Sherman is ordered to Memphis where shall I send enlisted men of his Comd" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Murphy, "Commd'g Holly Springs." "Apply to Capt Bowers at Dept. Hd Qrs. Holly Springs and he will furnish you with a list of troops, and their stations." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 16, Murphy telegraphed to USG. "Col DuBois has requested me send 17 Ill to Abbebill I would prefer to send another Reg as I wish place Col Norton a good officer in Comd of post here can I