War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0197 Chapter XIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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WICKSBURG, MISS.,

August 28, 1863.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Send flag of truce to the southern lines and inquire if General S. D. Lee has been exchanged. I have received no notice of the fact. Order all the camp and garrison equipage, men, &c., of the Third Iowa Cavalry to Helena. I stopped the six companies that went with Colonel Winslow there to get the regiment together. One brigade of cavalry, 2,200 strong, besides Winslow's command, will come here from West Tennessee. I have also 3,000 horse equipments ordered, which will enable us to mount that number of infantry.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

VICKSBURG, MISS.,

August 28, 1863.

General SHERMAN:

I do not think General Lee would act in bad faith, but I would like to know if he has been notified of his exchange. I am particularly desirous to know, because some of the Southern papers have contended for the right of setting aside the paroles given at Vicksburg. You may telegraph me the substance of your letter as you prepare or send a copy by morning train, and I will telegraph back my opinion on it. I have no doubt but what your action will be just right.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 28, 1863.

General GRANT,

Vicksburg:

Glad you are back. Will order the Third Iowa Cavalry to Helena; also will send the flag of truce out. Captain Audenried, Colonel Coolbaugh, and others have just gone into Vicksburg. They wanted much to go out along with the next flag. If you think it proper, please notify them to come out, as I will start the flag for Canton at or after noon tomorrow.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 28, 1863.

General J. A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Dennis report, as information received from a gentleman just from Demopolis, that Breckinridge and Walker's division, 18,000 strong, have been sent to Bragg.

Have you received any notice of the exchange of any of the officers captured at Vicksburg? I notice that General Stephen D. Lee is in command of the Confederate cavalry in the interior. He was one of the Vicksburg generals, and the most enterprising of all in their army. If not properly exchanged, I would send him word that