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ever I may see fit, except that I shall not attempt to enter or depart from any fort, camp or garrison of the Confederate States without the sanction of its commanding officer.

E. D. PHILLIPS,

First Lieutenant, First Infantry.

SANDUSKY CITY, OHIO, November 14, 1861.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. C.

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th instant*, and beg leave to say in reply that I have heretofore officially declined to muster volunteers into service as being a duty in conflict with my parole; and the duty to which your inquiry relates in connection with volunteers being of a similar nature I am constrained to say that I could not consistently with my parole perform the service.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Lieutenant-Colonel Eighth Infantry.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,

November 19, 1861.

Major General JOHN E. WOOL,

Commanding Department of Virginia.

SIR: I inclose herewith a communication for Asst. Surg. De Witt C. Peters releasing him from his parole, he having been exchanged for Asst. Surg. Wyatt M. Brown by order of Major-General McClellan.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. HUGER,

Major-General, Commanding.

P. S. - General Wool is requested to forward this letter to Colonel Dimick, commanding Fort Warren, Mass., as some of the surgeons released on parole inform me that Colonel D. states he could not propose exchange of any surgeon, as Dr. De Witt C. Peters had never been released from his parole.

BENJ. HUGER,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

This arrangement was approved by myself.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,

November 19, 1861.

Asst. Surg. DE WITT C. PETERS, U. S. Army.

SIR: I am authorized by the Government of the Confederate States to release you from the obligation you are under "not to serve or exercise the functions of your office to the detriment of the States now at

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* See Baird to Phillips, p. 66.

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