War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0250 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, Va., February 10, 1862.

Major General B. HUGER, Commanding at Norfolk, Va.

GENERAL: Yesterday by flag of truce I received your communication of the 9th instant. Although probably intended as such it [is] not a reply to mine of the 4th instant. The object of the visitors, the Rev. Bishop Ames and the Honorable Hamilton Fish, is simply a humane mission having reference to the condition of the U. S. prisoners of war in the Southern States. Your reply of the 9th instant relates principally to the exchanges of prisoners. As they have no authority to make exchanges of prisoners of war I have deemed it proper to transmit your communication with the instructions to the Honorable James A. Seddon and the Honorable Charles M. Conrad to the Secretary of War. As soon as I receive a reply it will be communicated to you. In reply to so much of your communication as relates to the last paragraph of the instructions to the Honorable James A. Seddon and the Honorable Charles M. Conrad I herewith transmit copies of two letters* from Honorable William H. Seward which I presume will be satisfactory. The prisoners have been transferred to Fort Lafayette.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Received February 10. The accompanying copies of Mr. Seward's orders were sent to Honorable J. P. Benjamin February 11.

B. H., JR.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, Va., February 10, 1862.

Major General B. HUGER, Commanding at Norfolk.

SIR: I inclose herewith certified copies+ of the paroles of the following-named persons who were forwarded to Norfolk by flag of truce on the 7th instant: 1. Milton J. Ferguson, who is to procure the release of Lieutenant-Colonel Neff. 2. Hurston Spurlock, who is to procure the release of John Alford or some one equal in rank to himself. 3. William J. Willey, who is to procure the release of Colonel Woodruff. 4. W. B. Compton, who is to procure the release of Lieutenant Comly, Dayton, Ohio, or some one equal in rank to himself.

On the above conditions being complied with the parties interested will consider themselves released from their paroles.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

P. S. --I was not aware that the above-named persons had paroles until the flag of truce was about to leave on the 7th, consequently I could not furnish them with copies at that time.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

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*Not found. Copies of Seward's orders to Murray and Millward, January 31, p. 229.

+Not found.

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