War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0270 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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WASHINGTON, Monday Morning [February 17, 1862.]

MY DEAR SCHUYLER: General McClellan directs me to inform you that he leaves the whole mattr of admitting visitors to General Stone to the discretion of Major Burke, commandant of Fort Lafayette. If the major chooses to admit you he can do so. We are jubilant here to-day over the capture of Fort Donelson.

I am, very truly, yours,

J. J. ASTOR, JR.,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND., February 17, 1862.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

I have just telegraphed General Halleck that we couldtake care of 3,000 prisonersat this place. I go with an extra train to Donelson with ten surgeons and a lot of nurses immediately.

O. P. MORTON,

Governor of Indiana.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, February 17, 1862.

Brigadier-General GRANT, Paducah:

Send 500 sick and wounded to Cincinnati consigned to Sanitary Committee, the sick and wounded of our own troops and of the enemy to be treated precisely alike. The boats which take them to Cincinnati to be fitted up as comfortable as possible for our own men and for the rebels.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, February 17, 1862.

Brigadier-General SHERMAN, Paducah, Ky.:

You will send 500 of the sick and wounded to Cincinnati, our own menand the enemy to be treated precisely the same. First up boats and send them up. Remainder to be sent to Mound City and to Saint Louis. Inform General Grant. All sick and wounded must be withdrawn from Fort Henry and Fort Donelson.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, February 17, 1862.

Brigadier-General CULLUM, Cairo:

Send prisoners of war here and I will arrange to forward them to Springfield and Chicago. I am making provisions for them at those place. Give them everything necessary for their comfort. Treat them the same as our own soldiers.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.