War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0130 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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NEW YORK, November 11, 1861.

Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Washington:

The U. S. ship Nightingale has arrived with a large nimber of prisoners. Send me an order to confine them in Lafayette otherwise I cannot hold them.

R. MURRAY,

U. S. Marshal.

HEADUQARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA, &c.,

Fort Monroe, November 11, 1861.

Honorable THOMAS A. SCOTT,

Acting Secretary of War, Washington.

SIR: Herewith you will perceive that an arrangement has been made by which clothing, blankets and other articles necessary for the comfort of prisoenrs of war may be sent to them. This has been accomplished without compromising the Government in any respect whatever. The Government was no alluded to in my communication to Major - General Huger.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major - General.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,

November 9, 1861.

Major General JOHN E. WOOL,

Commanding Department of Virginia.

SIR: I consider myself fully authorized to reply at once to the inquiry made in your letter of the 8th instant. My Government will allow blankets and articles of clothing necessary for the comfort of prisoners of war to be sent to them. Any such articles you may send to me will be promptly forwarded by the Southern Express Company, and money may be sent to pay the freight here or it may be paid on delivery.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. HUGER,

Major - General, Commanding Department.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA, &c.,

Fort Monroe, November 11, 1861.

Official copy. Respectfully forwarded for the information of the Secretary of War.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major - General.

RICHMOND PRISON, VA., November 11, 1861.

General L. THOMAS,

Adjutant - General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

GENERAL: On Sunday the 10th instant the prison was visited by General Winder who assembled all the officers in the prison and read to them a communication from Mr. Benjamin, a copy of which I will forward to you if I can procure it. * The letter directed that a colonel

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* Not found as an inclosure, but see Benjamin to Winder, November 9, p. 738.

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