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hope to hear they have hung every bridge-burner at the end of the burned bridge.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, November 25, 1861.

Colonel W. B. WOOD,

Knoxville, Tenn.:

SIR: Your report of the 20th instant* is received, and I proceed to give you the desired instructions in relation to the prisoners taken by you amongst the traitors in East Tennessee:

1st. All such as can be identified as having been engaged in bridge-burning are to be tried summarily by drum-head court-martial, and, if found guilty, executed on the spot by hanging. It would be well to leave their bodies hanging in the vicinity of the burned bridges.

2nd. All such as have not been so engaged are to be treated as prisoners of war, and sent with an armed guard to Tuscaloosa, Ala., there to be kept imprisoned at the depot selected by the Government for prisoners of war. Wherever you can discover that arms are concealed by these traitors you will send out detachments, search for an seize the arms. In no case is one of the men known to have been up in arms against the Government to be released on any pledge or oath of allegiance. The time for such measures is past. They are all to be held as prisoners of war, and held in jail till the end of the war. Such as come in voluntarily, take the oath of allegiance, and surrender their arms are alone to be treated with leniency.

Your vigilant execution of these orders is earnestly urged by the Government.

Your obedient servant,

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

P. S.-Judge Patterson, Colonel Pickens, and other ringleaders of the same class must be sent at once to Tuscaloosa to jail as prisoners of war.

[NOTE.-The same letter with a slight verbal alteration of the opening paragraph and the omission of the postscript, was sent at the same time to Brigadier General F. K. Zollicoffer, Jacksborough, Tenn., and Colonel Leadbetter, Jonesborough, Tenn.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, November 25, 1861.

Brigadier General W. H. CARROLL,

Chattanooga, Tenn.:

SIR: Your letter of the 17th instant has been received,+ and I have the honor to inform you, in reply, that the course you are pursuing

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*See "Revolt of Unionists in East Tennessee," Series I, Vol. IV, p.250.

+See Series I, Vol. IV, p.245.

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