War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0316 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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SAINT LOUIS, February 24, 1862.

JULIAN S. RUMSEY, Mayor of Chicago:

Detain the guard in my name till the prisoners are safety guarded. Send all officers prisoners of war to Columbus, Ohio. My ordrers in this respect have been shamefuly neglected. Raise a special police force if necessary. I have taken these Confederates in arms behind their intrenchements; it is a great pity if Chicago cannot guard ghem unarmed for a few days. No troops can be spared from here for than purpose at present.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, Va., Febrary 24, 1862.

Lieutenant WM. E. MERRILL, Corps of Engineers.

SIR: The major-general commanding the department directs me to inform you that your exchange with Frirst Lieutenant T. M. R. Talcott, of the artillery, on engineer duty, captured at Ronaoke Island, has been effected and you are in consequence released from your parole.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjuatant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, Va., February 24, 1862.

Major General BENJAMIN HUGER, Commanding at Nortfolk, Va.

GENERAL: I will thank you to notify Brigadier-General Winder that I will send a steamer to the place which he designated, near the light-house above Newport News, between 10 and 12 a. m., on any day to receive all prisoners he may think proper to send, he giving notice of they day and number of prisoners. Please to inform the officers and crew of the steamer Fingal and Camilla or Yacht (I believe that is the name) that they cannot pass to the North through Hampton Roads.

Please to say to General Cobb that I am hopes of receiving a dispatch from Washington this evening.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

P. S. -I send herewith under cover to your a package of letters addressed to prisoners and other in the South.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

QARTERMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 24, 1862.

Colonel W. HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners, New York.

COLONEL: The following is a copy a telegram this day directed to you at Sandusky, Ohio, and which is now confirmed:

Visit Chicago, Indianapolis and other places to whicch the prisoners taken in Tennessee have been sent. Report what is absolutely necessary to prevent their suffering. Quartermaters are in charge. Besides the rations allowed by regulations