War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0668 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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ANNAPOLIS, February 23, 1865.

Colonel S. B. LAWRENCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Baltimore:

Colonel Sewall will assume the command of the District of Annapolis and Camp Parole to-morrow morning.

A. R. ROOT,

Colonel, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 24, 1865-9.30 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point, Va.:

I am in a little perplexity. I was induced to authorize a gentleman to bring R. A. Pryor here, with a view of effecting an exchange of him. But since then I have seen a dispatch of yours showing that you specially object to his exchange. Meantime he has reached here and reported to me. It is an ungracious thing for me to send him back to prison, and yet inadmissible for him to remain here long. Cannot you help me out with it? I can conceive that there may be difference to you in days, and I can keep him a few days to accommodate on that point, I have not heard of my son's reaching you.

A. LINCOLN.

CITY POINT, VA., February 24, 1865.

President A. LINCOLN:

Send Pryor on here, and we will exchange him. He can do us no harm now. Captain Lincoln reported on the 21st and was assigned to duty at my headquarters.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., February 24, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The number of deserters in twenty-four hours, up to 12 last night, was eighty-seven to the Army of the Potomac and about forty to the Army of the James. There is an average of about twelve per day, in addition, received at Norfolk. Forty-five have come into the Army of the Potomac since 12 last night.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., February 24, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Richmond papers of to-day say:

Dispatch have been received at the War Department from the South which it is not proper to publish, as the enemy would thus procure information in advance of that received from their own sources of intelligence; but this much we may say, that the prospect is fair for a most decided check being given to Mr. Sherman. The Confederate Senate on yesterday removed the injunction of secrecy from the pro