La' in the month of June last'—from sworn statements made before Capt' W. H. Wellman 59th Ind Vols'. —by. Citizens of Monroe and vicinity it appears, that Maj' Sims & Lt' Sparks did cause two Federal Officers, to be taken into the woods, at night, and then shot and partially buried.-Statements are also made, that it is well known by the Citizens of Monroe and vicinity that Maj' Sims' caused four ministers to be dragged from their beds, and brutally murdered, also, that he hung a Negro' soldier, near Delhi La'—in the month of June. —Maj' Sims is now in confinement at this place. —" LS, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 590. On Oct. 18, B. F. Sims, Meridian, Miss., wrote to C. S. A. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston seeking the release of Maj. M. W. Sims, who had been captured on July 13 after delivering messages from Smith to Johnston, ordered to Vicksburg in the belief that he would be exchanged, but then jailed there "on the charge of having ordered the execution of two Federal prisoners at the engagement at Milliken's Bend." Ibid., II, vi, 394. See ibid., I, xxiv, part 3, 537.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Tn.
Vicksburg Miss. Aug. 11th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF,
Your two dispatches announcing the appointment of Sherman & McPherson as Brigadiers in the regular army and the non‐ receipt of my acceptance of promotion, and approval of myrecommendations as to organization of Colored troops &c are received. 1 As soon as notified of of my appointment I filled out the the required oath of office and forwarded it to the Adj. Gen. of the Army. 2 If this has not been received I will be glad to fill out a duplicate and forward as soon as notified of the nonrecipt.
I took great pleasure in notifying Sherman and McPherson of their appointments. These appointments could not have been more worthily bestowed, and however much others may desire the