osity led officers of rank — most all the general officers--to visit my headquarters with the hope of getting some news.
I talked with them very freely about the meeting between General Pemberton and myself, our correspondence, etc., but in no sense was it a council of war.
I was very glad to give the garrison of Vicksburg the terms I did. There was a cartel in existence at that time which required either party to exchange or parole all prisoners either at Vicksburg or at a point on the James River within ten days after captures or as soon thereafter as practicable.
This would have used all the transportation we had for a month.
The men had behaved so well that I did not want to humiliate them.
I believed that consideration for their feelings would zmakse them less dangerous foes during the continuance of hostilities, and better citizens after the war was over.
I am very much obliged to you, General, for your courtesy in sending me these papers.
Very truly yours, U. S. Gran