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CHICAGO, February 21, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

The troops from here are ordered into the field and there is not usfficient guard for prisoners of war arriving to prevent escape, owing to extent of camp to guard. Prisoners are being made comfortable in barracks, but they arrive in much confusion-parts of regiments and companies together-and many thinly clothedand some sick and no surgeons with them. The guard accompanying he prisoners are ordered to return immediately. They are from the Fifty-second Illinois and Twentieth Ohio. A temporary force can be raised here sufficient for guard if you direct, and the guard who accompanied them remain until it is organized.

JOSEPH H. TUCKER,

Colonel, Commanding.

SPRINGFIELD, February 21, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

I noticed last night the guard for prisoners who passed through here to Chicago was insufficient and telegraphed to Chicago a strong guard to be furnished and have no d9ubt it was done. Have nothing but an arsenal guard here, but 400 of Colonel Voss' cavalry will be here to-morrow. If prisoners are sent here to-day let me have time to raise a citizen guard.

A. C. FULLER,

Adjutant-General.

SPRINGFIELD, February 21, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

Will you advise me what character of discipline shall be enforced upon prisoners and civil authorities at Chicago are doing everything to make the prisoners comfortable, but the mayor telegraphs me this evening that there is much indignation that the rebel officers have beenfeasted at the principal hotels. Shall I order a strong inclosure around the barracks?

A. C. FULLER,

Adjutant-General.

CHICAGO, February 21, 1862.

QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL, Washington:

I am ordered by the State authorities to supply clothing, camp and garrison equipage to all prisoners arriving, and notified that 7,000 will be here to provide for. Shall I do it?

J. A. POTTER,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

BALTIMORE, MD., February 21, 1862.

Captain G. V. FOX, Assistant Secretary of the Navy:

Notice having been received by General Woolthat some 400 exchanged prisoners would be sent down James River yesterday the