Head Quarters, 13th Army Corps.
Dept of the Tennessee.
Oxford, Dec 15th 1862.
LIEUT. GEN. PEMBERTON.
COMMDG CONFEDERATE FORCES.
Your communication of the 13th inst in relation to the detention of Capt. Faulkner and other Guerrillas is just received.
These roving bands have been a pest to communities through which they passed but no detriment to the cause of the Union. They have not observed the rules of civilized warfare and I did not suppose were authorized or under any control except such as they agreed upon among themselves.
As you acknowledge them, however and as most of their belligerance is directed against sympathizers and abettors of this rebellion I will send them to Vicksburg for exchange or turn them loose.
I will state here that this is the third communication from you to Gen. Sherman and myself since the present advance commenced that has been threatening in tone. 1 One of your communications also implied a doubt of my veracity in the statement made by me as to prisoners taken, as well as casting reflection upon the character of those prisoners.
I will now state to you that the number of prisoners taken by my forces on this advance has been, exclusive of Sick and stragglers, over one thousand.
Most of this latter class have been persons who have become tired of the War and have been permitted to take the oath of allegiance and return to their homes.
All communications heretofore received from Officers of the Southern Army have been courteous and kind in spirit and have