NOVEMBER 29, 1864.
Commanding U. S. Army at La Grange:
G. W. Tatum, G. W. Clay, W. E. Ballard were part of escort of flag of truce with dispatch of 26th instant, proposing exchange of Thomas Boyle, J. H. Sinon, and Thomas Sinon for James F. Bell, E. W. Matthews, and Dr. Theodore Wilkenson.
The prisoners were left under flag of truce in custody of Tatum, Clay, and Ballard near Somerville, while Captain Bell proceeded to your headquarters with dispatches. Major Mudd captured Tatum, Clay, and Ballard, horses and equipments, besides three horses and a buggy used to convey the prisoners, Boyle and two Sinons.
This is a violation of the flag of truce, which is only necessary to bring to your notice to have corrected. Captain W. Bell and J. E. Raney are bearers of flag of truce and this dispatch.
R. V. RICHARDSON,
Colonel, Commanding Regiment Partisan Rangers, C. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS POST OF LA GRANGE,
La Grange, Tenn., November 30, 1862.
Colonel R. V. RICHARDSON,
Commanding Regiment Partisan Rangers:
COLONEL: I am in receipt of your flag of truce and communication of the 29th instant disapproving the act of the officer making the arrest of Messrs. Tatum, Clay, and Ballard. I have unconditionally ordered their release and delivered to Captain Bell, the bearer of your flag. I am not aware of the name of the officer making the arrest.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
A. S. NORTON,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
FAYETTE COUNTRY, TENNESSEE,
December 8, 1862.
COMMANDER U. S. ARMY AT LA GRANGE, TENN.:
SIR: On the 18th november Lieutenant-Colonel Dawson, of Confederate States Army, captured and paroled Captain G. J. Shepardson, Company I, Fourth Illinois Cavalry, and E. B. Powers, private of Captain Shepardson's company; also M. S. Payone, private of Company D, Tenth Illinois Regiment; also, on the 28th November, the Confederate States forces under my command captured and paroled R. E. Ryan, Alonzo Baker, Charles Butler, Adam Steems, John Clon, Wilson Goodwin, Jesse Mintrow, and John A. Rutherford, of One hundred and twenty-seventh, one hundred and ninth, One hundred and thirtieth, and Seventh Illinois Regiments of United States forces. On the 26th of November the United States Army captured Captain J. W. Marshall, Captain P. W. Moore, Lieutenant Anderson, and 10 privates, all attached to colonel Dawson's battalion of cavalry, Confederate States Army. Ten days have now elapsed, when, under the cartel, all should have been paroled; but so far as I am advised only Captain Moore and Privates Reynolds and