Military post together with a letter to the Commanding Officer. I have named Lieut Gile of your Staff as the Officer to bear the flag of truce but you are at liberty to change this and substitute any other Officer of your command that you wish" Copies, ibid. On Jan. 1, 1863, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "The prisoners to be sent South to be exchanged have just arrived. I will send them early tomorrow morning under flag of truce in charge of Lt Giles" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
Also on Jan. 1, Col. Joseph D. Webster, Jackson, telegraphed to USG. "A Messenger is here from the rebels with a flag of truce has the paroles of some prisoners of an Iowa regt which he says he wishes a p approved by a general officer The thing looks so like a pretence that I have detained him till I can hear from you particularly as I do not see any necessity of his going out to give any information to the enemy tonight. all quiet here Have no Force to spare to send out East—Lawler is in just the right place" Telegram received, ibid. On the same day, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins telegraphed to Webster. "Detain party with Flag of Truce until such time as in your Judgment will prevent it from carrying information to the enemy that can do us damage." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
Holly Springs [Dec. ] 31st 
At Memphis all reports confirm the taking of Vicksburg by Sherman, but no particulars can be obtained—Gen McClernand & 49 Staff Officers chartered the Tigress & started for Vicksburg yesterday Hurlbut thinks the Enemy have erected Batteries on the River that will prevent him getting down—Holmes is moving against Helena but there is sufficientforce there to protect the place—Genl Gorman moving on Little Rock by steamer. No damage has been done Rail Road between Lafayette & Memphis There has been a great deal of cannonading today East of Henderson station, I Hope Sullivan has Forrest in a tight place. 1 I will try & get down to see you on the Second
U. S. GRANT