War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0218 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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Norfolk, Va., January 27, 1862.

Major General J. E. WOOL,

Commanding Department of Virginia.

SIR: I send herewith by flag of truce the following officers prisoners of war:

Dr. William Fletcher, exchanged for Dr. R. W. Jeffery; M. A. Parks, first lieutenant, First Michigan Volunteers, exchanged for J. T. Lasselle, North Carolina Volunteers; W. Booth, second lieutenant, Second Wisconsin Volunteers, exchanged for J. G. Moore, Seventh [Seventeenth] North Carolina Volunteers; C. M. Hooper, second lieutenant, California regiment, exchanged for J. W. Hoy, North Carolina Volunteers; Adjutant Peirson, Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment, exchanged for Adjt. J. W. Poole, North Carolina volunteers.

You are authorized to release these officers from their paroles.

By command of Major-General Huger:


Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., January 27, 1862.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that Bvt. Lieutenant Colonel J. V. Bomford has been sent for* and will when he arrives be released in exchange for myself. As I had anticipated the Confederate Government will not for a moment entertain the idea of giving up Colonel Willcox under existing circumstances. I am now under parole to report myself at Fortress Monroe by the 15th of February. Please send me authority to remain here until Colonel Bomford arrives, it being of course understood I am not to bear arms until his release.

Very respectfully,


Lieutenant-Colonel, Provisional Army, C. S.

LOUISVILLE, KY., January 27, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON.

SIR: I take the liberty of addressing you hoping you will answer me candidly, honestly, even if for the worst. My husband, Colonel W. E. Woodruff, is held as a hostage for the privateers. Are they to be exchanged or not? I have had assurances time and again that he would be at home in four or five weeks but he comes not. Suspense is but a living death. Oh, sir, for the sake of humanity return him; he will do honor to his country and its flag.



DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, January 28, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel W. HOFFMAN, U. S. Army,

Numbers 30 Clinton Place, New York.

COLONEL: Your letter of the 13th instant addressed to Brigadier General L. Thomas, Adjutant-General, asking permission to release a number of


*For other correspondence relating to the exchange of Colonel Bomford, see Vol. I, this Series, p. 70 et seq.