War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0004 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,

Headquarters, June 19, 1861.

Commanding OFFICER U. S. BLOCK'S FLEET OFF CHARLESTON HARBOR.

SIR: I am instructed by the President of the Confederate States of America to make with regard to the crew of the Savannah now detained as prisoners on board one of the vessels blockading the port of Charleston a proposition for an exchange of prisoners according to number and rank.

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

S. R. GIST,

Adjutant and Inspector General of South Carolina.

U. S. STEAM FRIGATE WABASH,

ATLANTIC BLOCKADING SQUADRON,

Off Charleston, S. C., June 19, 1861.

S. R. GIST, Adjt. and Insp. General State of South Carolina.

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of this date. The prisoners to whom you refer are not on board of any of the vessels under my command.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAMUEL MERCER,

Captain, U. S. Navy, Senior Office in Command.

OFFICE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF THE UNITED STATES,

New York, June 22, 1861.

Honorable GIDEON WELLES, Secretary of the Navy.

SIR: I respectfully incloe copies of advertisements of sale of the schooner Savannah and the ship Nightingale.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. DELAFIELD SMITH,

U. S. District Attorney.

To-day's Herald states that District Attorney Smith hastens the sale of these vessels, as Governmen wishes to become the purchaster.

S.

[Inclosure Numbers 1.]

U. S. marshal's sale.

By virtue of a writ of venditioni exponas to me directed and delivered I will sell at public auction on the 2nd day of July, 1861, and 11 a. m., on board thereof the schooner Savannah, her tackle, apparel and lading.

N. B. - The above vessel lies at Union Stores, Brooklyn. Dated 25th June, 1861.

ROBT. MURRAY,

U. S. Marshal.

E. DELAFIELD SMITH, U. S. District Attorney.