War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0629 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- CONFEDERATE.

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are received, revolved. You are requested to allow all persons whom you think, in the exercise of a sound discretion, ought to have passports, to go. This is not intend to affect any orders heretofore issued prohibiting doubtful characters of either sex from going to that army.

By command of General Johnston.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATLANTA, GA.,

March 15, 1864.

Brigadier General M. J. WRIGHT,

Commanding at Atlanta:

SIR: It has been reported that there are upward of 300 prisoners confined at this post, against a large number of whom no charges have been preferred. Where it is impracticable to bring the parties to trial, by person of want of witnesses or other good cause, you are respectfully requested to send them to their commands; also, when the witnesses are with the commands of the accused, or when the interests of the service seem to demand their trial there; also in all cases in which charges have not been preferred, a sufficient time for this since the arrests having elapsed. Those intend for trial here ought to have their cases speedily disposed of. The object of all this is to have a general prison delivery.

It has been reported that the condition of the prisons allow communication between the Confederate and Federal prisoners. This ought to be corrected.

By command of General Johnston.

very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATLANTA, GA.,

March 15, 1864.

Brigadier General MARCUS J. WRIGHT,

Commanding Post:

GENERAL: In compliance with your instructions of this date, I have the honor to submit the following report of the number of men belonging to the local troops at this place who are effective, and who could be relied upon in defense of the city:

Arsenal battalion, Major J. K. McCall commanding.............. 150

Artillery company, Captain Hudson............................ 99

Captain Baird's company of infantry (detailed men, with Major Cunningham).................................................. 100

Confederate States Naval Works company....................... 80

Captain T. C. Jackson's company of infantry.................... 20

Captain J. F. Alexander's company of cavalry................... 40

Captain G. G. Hull's company of infantry, Atlanta and West Point Railroad..................................................... 20

Captain J. H. Porter's company of infantry, Georgia railroad... 20

Captain H. H. Witt's company of infantry, Southern Express Company 20

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Total........................................................ 549