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of myself, of the Mounted Rifles, as given at Las Cruces, N. Mex., August 1, 1861, for forwarding to the honorable Secretary of War.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ALFRED GIBBS,

Captain Rifles, Commanding Squadron.

[First indorsement.]

Respectfully forwarded.

E. R. S. CANBY,

Colonel Nineteenth Infantry, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

LAS CRUCES, TERRITORY OF ARIZONA.

I, Alfred Gibbs, captain U. S. Rifles of the Army of the United States, do hereby pledge my word of honor as an officer and gentleman that I will not bear arms or act under my commission as an officer against the Confederate States of America, or in my manner directly or indirectly against the said Confederate States in a belligerent capacity until the present war ceases and peace is concluded between the Confederate States and the Federal Government, or until I am released by the Secretary of War of the Confederate States or exchanged by said Government of the Confederate States for prisoners of rank held by the Federal Government that may be agreed upon between the Secretary of War of the Confederate States and of the Federal Government.

Given under my hand as an officer of the Federal Government, Las Cruces, this 31st day of July, A. D. 1861.

ALFRED GIBBS,

Captain Rifles, U. S. Army.

Attest;

JOHN R. BAYLOR,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Mounted Rifles.

[Similar paroles inclosed from Lieutenants C. H. McNally and E. P. Cressey.]

FORT McHENRY, August 22, 1861.

Honorable S. CAMERON, Secretary of War:

The twenty-three prisoners sent on by Governor Dennison from Columbus are here. Shall I send them this evening to Fort Monroe agreeably to your dispatch of the 18th instant to Governor Dennison?

An immediate answer will be necessary if they leave this evening.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA,

Baltimore, Md., August 22, 1861.

Major General JOHN E. WOOL.

GENERAL: I inclose a copy of a letter * addressed to me by the Governor of the State of Ohio. The twenty-three prisoners of war on parole were brought here by Captain Way who will report to you with them. I have no instructions in regard to them beyond the inclosed

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* Not found.

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