HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,
Norfolk, Va., January 20, 1862.
Colonel J. DIMICK, Commanding at Fort Warren.
SIR: * * * Cannot you procure the release of Captain M. Berry, who was a merchant captain? I would be willing to give any merchant captain in our hands, if any. With your assistance, colonel, I hope we can do much to relieve needless suffering to our fellow countrymen.
With the highest respect, your obeient servant,
FORT WARREN, Boston Harbor, January 31, 1862.
Major General B. HUGER, Commanding, Norfolk, Va.
GENERAL: * * * Captain Berry is held as a prisoner of state. Should he be placed in a position to be exchanged which I think will be done then I will most cheerfully exchange him.
I am, general, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Colonel First Artillery, Commanding Post.
COMMISSION RELATING TO POLITICAL PRIONERS,
Boston, May 7, 1862.
Colonel JUSTIN DIMICK, Fort Warren, Boston.
COLONEL: The following persons having complied with the conditions required by tyhe Commission you will please discharge them, viz: * * * Michael Berry. * * * You will at the same time return to each of themany property in your possession belonging to them.
Very respectfully, yours,
E. D. WEBSTER.
MAY 7, 1862.
I, Michael Berry, of Charleston, S. C., do hereby give me parole of honor that I will render no aid or comfort to the enemies in hostility to the Government of the United States, and that I will not go into any of the States in armed insurrection against the authority of the Government of the United States; and further that I will not hold any correspondence with persons residing in those States without permission from the Secretary of War.
Signed in presence of-
E. D. WEBSTER.
Case of E. B. Grayson.
This man [E. B. Grayson] was arrested in Washington October 7, 1861, by order of Provost-Marshal-General A. Porterand cinfined in the Old Capitol Prison, and from thence transferred to Fort Lafayette by an order issued from the Department of State dated December 20, 1861. He was charged with sympathizing with the rebellion against the Government of the United States and with being a general in Jeff. Davis'