join their respective regiments and companies, an equivalent number of Confederate prisoners having been delivered at Blair's Landing, Red River, April 20, 1864.
This exchange takes place under the cartel dated January 4, 1864, made on the part of Major General R. Taylor by Major William M. Levy, commissioner for exchange, and on the part of Major-General Banks by Colonel C. C. Dwight, which provides for the exchange of officers and men, and delivery on parole of excess on either side to await exchange, of those captured up to its date.
By command of Major-General Banks:
GEORGE B. DRAKE,
Andersonville, Ga., May 1, 1864.
Captain R. B. Winder, post quartermaster, Andersonville, Ga., is hereby ordered to proceed to Richmond, Va., on business connected with this post.
By command A. W. Persons, colonel, commanding post:
R. D. CHAPMAN,
Captain and Acting Adjutant.
WASHINGTON CITY, D. C., May 2, 1864.
Colonel HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners:
SIR: I request to be informed what changes have been made with respect to the reception and delivery of prisoners since the statement of the 16th ultimo,* which is herewith inclosed, with a request that it may be returned as it is, the changes, if any, to be noted separately.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. A. HITCHCOCK,
Major-General of Volunteers, Commissioner of Exchange.
HEADQUARTERS POST OF CHICAGO,
Chicago, Ill., May 2, 1864.
Colonel WILLIAM HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners:
COLONEL: I have to-day received official notice of the acceptance of my resignation by the President of the United States. I therefore retire from the service, turning over this command to Colonel B. J. Sweet, of the Eighth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. W. ORME,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
May 2, 1864.
Honorable ROBERT OULD, Commissioner of Exchange:
SIR: I am informed by the father of Captain S. T. Harvey that his son is still in irons. I trust and believe that this is a misrepresention from misinformation. Since the conference I had with you on the subject the understanding was that no Federal officer is now in irons in
* See p. 55.