War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 0554 PRISONERS OF WAR, ETC.

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Warren, at which place I was confined until the 19th or 20th of January, 1862, when I was removed to New York and confined in the Huse of Dentention until the 5th of February, in which interval I was taken before the U. S. prize commissioners to give testimony in the case of my vessel, after which the prize commissioners said they had no further use for me in the case of my vessel and I presumed that I would be restored to my liberty, but when the privattersmen were removed from the Tombs to Fort Lafayette I was taken to the Tombs and transferred with them, which was on the 5th day of February, since which time I have been confined with them.

I consider my case one of peculiar hardship. I have not been tried for any offense but have been knocked about from prison to prison without notice or being informed of the reason, and I respectfully ask that you will have my case investigated or let me be informed of the character of my position. I have now been almost seven months a prisoner and have no idea whether I am consider war, or in what class of prisoner I am considered.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. BARKLEY.

FORT LAFAYETTE, March 31, 1862.

COMMISSIONERS ON STATE PRISONERS.

GENTLEMEN: I beg leave respectfully to cal your attention to the inclosed copies of letters* I addressed to Honorable W. H. Seward and Honorable Edwin M. Stanton on the dates on the same, and hope you will investigate my case at your earliest convenience.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. BARKLEY.

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSION

RELATING TO STATE PRISONERS,

New York, April 28, 1862.

ROBERT MURRAY, Esq., U. S. Marshal, New York.

SIR: You will please bring before the Commission to-morrow (Tuesday, April 29) at 11 a. m. the following-named prisoners confined at Fort Lafayette, viz: * * * Charles Barkley. * * *

By order of the Commission:

E. D. WEBSTER,

Secretary.

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSION

RELATING TO STATE PRISONER,

New York, April 29, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel MARTIN BURKE, Fort Lafayette.

COLONEL: Charles Barkley and John Courier having given their written parole of honor not to render aid or comfort to enemies in hostility to the Government of the United States you willl please discharge them. * * *

Very respectfully, yours,

JOHN A. DIX,

EDWARDS PIERREPONT,

Commissioners.

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* Not found as inclosures, but see ante.

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