accommodate 7,000. I can get the balance of the troops away this week. Answer me at Chicago this evening as I leave for Springfield at midnight.
ALLEN C. FULLER,
SAINT LOUIS, February 18, 1862.
ALLEN C. FULLER, Springfield:
Guards will be sent with prisoners of war. Can't say when they will reach you. Army officers will issue supplies to them.
H. W. HALLECK,
INDIANAPOLIS, February 18, 1862.
General Halleck has ordered 3,000 prisoners of war to this place. Am preparing barracks at small expense. What supplies shall be furnished them?
JAS. A. EKIN,
CAIRO, February 18, 1862.
There are 11,000 prisoners here now. Shall I send some to Indianapolis, say 3,000? Governor Morton is here and says they can be guarded. Governor Yates, of Illinois, says that they cannot be guarded at Springfield, Ill. It certainly is not safe to send them toSpringfield. Colonel Wilson has been ordered away from there. ANswer immediately.
E. A. PAINE,
U. S. MARSHAL'S OFFICE, SOUTHERN DIST. OF NEW YORK,
New York, February 18, 1862.
Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD,
Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.
SIR: I am informed by Lieutenant Charles O. Wood, officer commanding at Fort Lafayette, that two of the privateersmen of the Petrel, Captain William Perry and Henry Mills, are sick and require to be sent to some hospital. I inclose the lieutenant's letter* and respectfully ask your authority to remove the prisoners.
I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient servant,
U. S. Marshal.
WASHINGTON, February 19, 1862.
Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War.
SIR: I inclose you a letter from Colonel W. E. Woodruff, of Second Kentucky Infantry, who was taken prisoner in Western Virginia some
*Omitted here; see p. 268.