return here in a few days and in the meantime reinforcements will be forwarded with all dispatch
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound) ; copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; (dated Jan. 16, 1863) ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. Dated Jan. 17 in O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 570; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 179.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Memphis Ten. Jan. 16th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. S. R. CURTIS, COMD. G THE DEPT. OF THE MO. ST. LOUIS Mo. GEN.
I was just starting down the river to join the Miss. expedition when I met some Steamers loaded with prisoners ordered by Maj. Gen. Sherman to St. Louis. I find no dispatches to myself and do not know what there may be directed to yourself. As I am leaving Memphis and can make no orders for the disposal of these prisoners I hope you will have the kindness to take charge of them and communicate with the Gen. in Chief as to their final disposition. You can state that the last prisoners sent to Vicksburg were refused by the Southern Commander there. 1
I have received instructions from Washington that no more Commissioned officers are to be paroled. This I presume is in retaliation for a course pursued by Southern authorities towards our prisoners.
I am Gen. Very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com