Comstock is out, will answer as to Engineers when he returns." Copies (dated Sept. 21), DLC-USG, V, 103; (undated) ibid., V, 19; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. See letter to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Aug. 31, 1863. For Sherman's letter of Aug. 28 regarding C. S. A. Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Lee and C. S. A. Brig. Gen. William H. Jackson's reply of Aug. 30, see O. R., II, vi, 234; ibid., I, xxx, part 3, 228-29. On Sept. 17, Sherman wrote to Rawlins. "Enclosed please find the answer made by Brig Gen W. H. Jackson C. S. A. to my communication of Aug 30 a copy of which was submitted on its day of date to General Grant. It is plain that Gen Lee was notified by the authorities at Richmond of his exchange which according to the Cartel releases him of his parole, but notice of such release should have been sent to our Commissioner at Washington. It might be well to refer this letter to the adj General with the Inquiry if the notice has been received. I do think if the Dix Hill Cartel is ever remodelled it should require Notice to be given the Agent of the adverse party, and his assent obtained before the Prisoner of War is released of his parole and allowed to resume his hostile character. As the case now stands the Confederate Governmt at Richmond can release all their Prisoners of War, and we could not punish them, but would merely have new Cause of grievance against the Southern Confederacy. I do not presume that Davis would commit so gross a breach of honor, but I beleive when we impose a parole not to serve against us until exchanged, our Governmt should not only have notice of the Exchange, but should assent to it before it goes into Effect. For otherwise in case of our taking a prisoner recognized as havig been released on Parole how could we arraign him for a breach of his Parole? What evidence should we demand that he has been Exchanged? I think no Evidence could be entertained Except our consent, by ourselves or proper agent that we have received his Equivalent." ALS, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received, 372T 1863. O. R., II, vi, 296-97. On Sept. 21, USG forwarded Sherman's and Jackson's letters to U. S. Army hd. qrs. ES, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received, 372T 1863.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Tn
Vicksburg Miss. Aug. 28th/63
BRIG. GN. CROCKER,
COMD. G NATCHEZ MISS.
Col. Farrar has just called on me for instructions with regard to recruiting for his regiment. 1 I have just returned from Cairo and not yet reached my Hd Qrs. When I get there I will prepare fuller instructions and only give some general rules to be observed here.
In the first place it is the intention of the Sec. of War that all able bodied negroes that can be reached shall be taken to fill up