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WASHINGTON, January 27, 1862.

COMMANDING OFFICER CAMP CHASE:

Please send a correct list of all prisoners in your possession as soon as possible.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, January 27, 1862.

General J. A. DIX, Baltimore, Md.:

Please send the following to General Wool at Fortress Monroe as soon as possible, viz:

General WOOL, Fortress Monroe:

Detain all prisoners going South at Fortress Monroe until further orders. I suppose some will soon reach Fortress Monroe from Fort Warren.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

[JANUARY 27-29, 1862. --For Wool to Huger and Huger to Wool concerning various individual exchanges, see Vol. I, this Series, p. 78.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,

Norfolk, Va., January 27, 1862.

Major General J. E. WOOL,

Commanding Department of Virginia.

SIR: I have received instructions to decline your proposal to exchange William Smith, convicted of piracy, for Colonel Corcoran. My Government will not take into consideration any proposition for exchange of our privateers taken in our service on the high seas until there is an absolute, unconditional abandonment of the pretext that they are pirates, and until they are released from the position of felons and placed in the same condition as other prisoners of war, and we decline receiving any proposal in relation to the hostages who we are forced unwillingly to treat as felons as long as our fellow-citizens are so treated by the enemy.

By command of Major-General Huger:

BENJ. HUGER, JR.,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,

Norfolk, Va., January 27, 1862.

Major General JOHN E. WOOL,

Commanding Department of Virginia.

SIR: In reply to your letter of the 25th instant offering to exchange five persons confined as prisoners in the Department of the Potomac for five others I beg to decline the proposition. I hope that at some time there may be a general exchange of all such persons.

By command of Major-General Huger:

BENJ. HUGER, JR.,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.