exchange him for an officer of the same rank, provided you will indicate one who did command a brigade in your expedition. But the prisoners of war having been sent to the interior, the colonel you may desire to have in exchange will have to be sent for, and will be delivered at some point to be arranged hereafter. Meantime, I hope you will feel authorized to permit Colonel Battle to be released on his parole, so that, as soon as practicable, he may have the benefit of the care of his family and friends in his injured condition. I have been induced to make this distinction in connection with colonels commanding brigades, because I have observed that nearly, if not all, brigades in the United States' service, during this war, are in command of colonels, while in the Confederate service most of our brigades are commanded by brigadiers; consequently, unless some such distinction shall be regarded, we may suffer materially in exchanges. I propose, also, in a few days, either to permit the medical officers of your army in my possession to return to your camp, or to send them, by the Mississippi River, to General Pope. Respectfully, General, your obedient servant,
President, I send a list of officers for immediate promotion: Brigadier-Generals Breckinridge and Hindman, for major-generals; Colonels Thos. Jordan, Wm. Preston, Alfred Mouton, Geo. Manney, Preston Smith, J. S. Marmaduke, J. D. Martin, and Danl. Adams, for brigadier-generals; Captain John Morgan, Ky., to be colonel of cavalry. Please answer by telegraph.
Pemberton regiments here under the circumstances. But suggest that movement you indicate, and urge War Department to send you the troops for it by all means, and without hesitation, and I will throw a brigade of cavalry across the river to aid you.
Pemberton's troops cut off by the Memphis and Charleston Road; should be sent to me by way of Mobile. Cannot General Kirby Smith be furnished from seaboard with a division to make a diversion on Nashville and enemy's rear, now open and vulnerable? He proposes such a movement. With celerity, it is eminently practicable.