Holly Springs, Miss, Jan: 5th 1863.
MAJ : GENL' S. A. HURLBUT.
Furnish each prisoner with a parole. Have duplicate lists made out of all the prisoners, and them receipted by one of the officers among them, furnish them with three days rations and have them landed below the city, at some point convenient for them to get back South, send the small pox patients where you deem best into Arkansas, or down the river. The certificate of officer in charge of Cartel Ship, that the prisoners had been taken to Vicksburgh and refused, should be attached to the rolls.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 4, 1863, Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut had telegraphed to USG. "I have one Thousand prisoners refused at Vicksburgh on Steamer Minnehaha—They are sickly and have seven cases of small pox. what shall I do with them. I have taken off the small pox cases and ordered the rest and the Boat thoroughly cleaned & kept in quarantine till I hear from you. I do not want them here both on account of the Contagion and the want of Hospitals and Guards answer as soon as possible." Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound).
On Jan. 5, USG telegraphed to Hurlbut. "Have you any news from Vicksburgh since the 29th" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
Holly Springs, Miss. Jan: 5th 1863
MAJ GENL' S. A. HURLBUT
You will please forward the following dispatch to Comm'dg Officer at Vicksburgh by first opportunity: