will have them in good shape by to-morrow night. Mr. De Courcey has made requisitions for all needful articles. Matters are progressing smoothly. We have had no trouble thus far.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. C. SMITH,
Captain, Thirteenth Infantry.
COLUMBUS, OHIO, February 12, 1862.
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
Am I at liberty to allow to any of the prisoners at Camp Chase limited leave of absence on parole, say to visit Columbus?
R. P. BUCKLAND,
Colonel, Commanding Camp Chase.
FORT LAFAYETTE, February 12, 1862.
Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
DEAR SIR: We jointly desire to take the oath of allegiance in order to be released, as we are not natives of the States now in rebellion against the Government; but as we were South at the commencement of the paresent difficulty and joined them more through necesdsity than patriotism, as all kinds of business was dull and nothing doing, therefore we had to do something of the kind or otherwise suffer for the want of food, as all communication with our friends was cut off and it was impossible to obtain relief or to get out of the States then in rebellion without great peril to our lives and persons. Therefore we hope you will at once allow us to take the oath and be released.
We remain, yours, very respectfully,
C. H. MARRIOTT,
Of privateer Petrel, and a native of Frederick, Md.
JOHN H. EDWARDS,
Of privateer Petrel, and a native of New York.
Of privateer Petrel, native of Liverpool, England.
JOSEPH CRUZ DEL CANO,
Of the privateer Savannah, native of Manila, Spanish Island.
(Wife is in Liverpool, England.)
Of the Jeff. Davis, native of New York.
Of the privateer Petrel, native of New York.
THOMAS A. BROOKBANKS,
Of privateer Petrel, of Philadelphia, Pa.
ORDER Numbers 8.] WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, February 13, 1862.
Ordered, First. That all applications to go South across the military lines of United States be made to Major General John A. Dix, commanding at Baltimore, who will grant or refuse the sme at his discretion.
Second. That all prisoners of war and other persons impirosned by authority of any department of the Government who shall be released on parole or exchange shall report themselves immediately on their