OFFICE OF THE COMMISSION
RELATING TO STATE PRISONERS,
Washington, April 1, 1862.
Brigadier General JAMES S. WADSWORTH, &C., Washington.
GENERAL: If they consent* you will please convey Mrs. Rose O'N. Greenhow, * * * prisoners at present held in the Old Capitol Military Prison in this city, beyond the lines of the U. S. forces into the State of Virginia and release them upon their giving their written parole of honor that they will not return north of the Potomac River during the present hostilies without permission of the Secretary of War.
Very respectfully, yours.
JOHN A. DIX.
HEADQUARTERS, Fort Monroe, Va., June 2, 1862.
We the undersigned, late prisoners in the Old Capitol at Washington, do plege our word of honor that in consideration of our being set at liberty beyond the lines of the U. S. Army we will not return north of the Potomac River during the present hostilies without the permission of the Secretary of War of the United States.
ROSE O'N. GREENHOW.
NOTE. - Mrs. C. V. Baxley and Mrs. Augusta Morris also signed this parole and were sent South with Mrs. Greenhow.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,
Fort Monroe, Va., June 3, 1862.
Mr. FULTON, Baltimore, Md.
SIR: I am requested by General Dix to say to you that he has seen in the New York Times and Herald a notice of his departure from Baltimore, which he supposes was furnished by the agent of the Associated Press, in the latter part of which a gross misstatement is made. The portion alluded to is in relation to the female prisoners, Mrs. Greenhow, Mrs. Morris and Baxley. The women were in charge of an officer of the First U. S. Volunteer Cavalry, accompanied by a guard of six men. The general gave him orders to keep them in close confinement with a guard over them with instruction to allow no communication with any one whatever, which order he has every reason to believe was strictly carried out. Besides the guard they were accompanied by the warden of the Old Capitol Prison. The statement that they were permitted to hold a regular "levee" must therefore seem to be a pure misapprehension.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
* Mrs. C. V. Baxley and Mrs. Augusta Heath Morris were the other parties included in this order. Fort their cases see post.
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