CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM JUNE 11, 1863, TO MARCH 31, 1864.
UNION AND CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, June 11, 1863.
Honorable EDWARD BATES,
Attorney-General, Washington, D. C.:
SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith papers* concerning Captain William Gramm and Lieutenant Isaac A. Wade, Eighth Virginia Volunteers, who are confined in the Richmond penitentiary as hostages for Daniel Dusky and Jacob Varner, who were tried by a U. S. court in Western Virginia and sentenced to imprisonment for robbing a post-office, and to request that you will submit the cases of these last-named men to the President with a view to their being pardoned by him as a necessary preliminary to their being exchanged for Captain Gramm and Lieutenant Wade.
Very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
Washington, June 11, 1863.
Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:
SIR: In the matter of the request made through Robert Ould, Confederate agent for exchange of prisoners, to have sundry parties (now treated as felons by the State of Indiana) regarded and exchanged as prisoners of war, I have the honor to report as follows, in compliance with your indorsement of reference of the 16th ultimo:
The parties in question are two lieutenants and thirteen privates, &c., in the company of one Captain Hall, of Colonel Adam Johnson's regiment of partisan rangers. They constituted part of force which crossed the river from Kentucky into Indiana about November 1 last, for the purpose, as is alleged, of securing a hostage for a rebel surgeon who had been previously captured or detained by our forces. During this expedition a number of horses were taken. Shortly afterward the men in question were captured by our forces or by an organized party from Indiana and lodged in prison and placed under indictment for horse stealing. It is now urged on the part of the rebel authorities that these men should be exchanged as prisoners of war and released from their confinement as
*Probably Ludlow to Hoffman May 14, 1863, with indorsements, Vol. V, this series, p. 610.
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