Canby that his troops, sent to the interior, should be limited to the number required for the preservation of order, and be stationed at points where supplies were more abundant.
That trade would soon be established between soldiers and people—furnishing the latter with currency, of which they were destitute—and friendly relations promoted.
These suggestions were adopted, and a day or two thereafter, at Meridian, a note was received from General Canby, inclosing copies of orders to Generals Granger and Steele, commanding army corps, by which it appeared these officers were directed to call on me for, and conform to, advice relative to the movement of their troops.
Strange, indeed, must such confidence appear to statesmen of the bloody-shirt persuasion.
In due time Federal staff officers reached my camp.
The men were paroled and sent home.
Public property was turned over and receipted for, and this as orderly and gently as in time of peace between officers of the same service