War of the Rebellion: Serial 114 Page 0547 EARLY EVENTS IN MISSOURI, ETC.

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MEMPHIS, TENN., December 23, 1861.

General L. POLK, Columbus:

Send Camp Jackson prisoners by cars. Will wait their arrival.

D. M. FROST.

COLUMBUS, KY., December 28, 1861.

Honorable J. P. BENJAMIN:

I have still on hand about ninety prisoners at Memphis. It is very expensive keeping them there and I am nto sure they are as secure as they should be. Can they not be sent to some other point farther south-Jackson, Miss., or Tuscaloosa, Ala., or elsewhere?

L. POLK.

RICHMOND, VA., December 30. 1861.

General L. POLK, Columbus, Ky.:

You can send your prisoners to the prisons depot at Salisbury, N. C.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,

Bowling Green, January 28, 1862.

Captain LINSDAY, Commandign, Nashville.

SIR: General Johnston directs you to send under proper guard all prisoners of war in your charge (the sick and wounded excepted) to Salisbury, N. C. Notify the time of the arrival of the prisoners to the commandant of that place in advance.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. MACKALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., February 25, 1862.

General L. POLK, Columbus:

Send all your prisoners home on parole taking an accurate list and copy of parole to be forwarded to this office. I have negotiated a general exchange with enemy.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

BOWLING GREEN, January 29, 1862.

Governor HARRIS, Nashville:

The wounded in the hands of the enemy are prisoners of war. I cannot ask for them except in charge and this I am not prepared to do.

A. S. JOHNSTON,

General.