Disposition and Negotiations for the Release and Exchange of the Union Prisoners.
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
Washington, June 5, 1861.
SUPERINTENDENT MARYLAND RECRUITING SERVICE,
Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
SIR: Special Orders, Numbers 150, dated at War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, June 4, 1861, a copy of which has been sent to you, directs Privates A. P. Andrews and Richard Cassidy, Second Cavalry, to report to you for duty. These men where made prisoners in Texas, and have given their parole not to serve against the rebel States. For this reason it is decided not to employ them upon any military duty, but as they are represented to be good clerks it has been thought that you could use them advantageously in your office. I am directed to say to you that they are prohibited from preforming military duty.
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS BATTALION THIRD INFANTRY,
Camp Near Fort Hamilton, N. Y., August 10, 1861.
Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.
SIR: In compliance with the desire of the general-in-chief, as communicated in your letter of the 1st, I have the honor to transmit you herewith copies* of the parole given by the officers and the oath subscribed by the men under my command when arrested by the Texas forces on the 25th of last April. The following-named officers were duty me at the time, to wit:
Captain R. S. Granger, of Company K, First Infantry; First Lieutenant J. B. Greene (since dead), Company K, First Infantry; Captain G. W. Wallace, of Company G, First Infantry; First Lieutenant E. D. Phillips, of Company G, First Infantry; Second Lieutenant E. R. Hopkins, of Company A, Third Infantry; Second Lieutenant R. G. Lay, of Company I, Third Infantry; no officer present of Company F, Third Infantry; Cap. C. D. Jordan, of Company D, Eighth Infantry; no officer present of Company A, Eighth Infantry; Asst. Surg. R. D. Lynde, Medical Department; Asst. Surg. C. C. Byrne, Medical Department.
Captain A. W. Bowman, of Company A, Third Infantry, and First Lieutenant J. N. G. Whistler, of Company I, Third Infantry, had been detached from the command a short time before the surrender. The former on duty and the latter on leave. They were both arrested at Indianola. Captain Bowman states that his parole was verbal not be bear arms against the Confederate States. Lieutenant Whistler signed the same parole the officers did who were with me.
The captain and one or both of the subalterns of Company F, Third Infantry, are not on parole, and I would recommend that the enlisted men of the company be transferred to Companies A and I, Third
* Omitted here. See p. 51.