War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0536 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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proper records may not be kept of the prisoners received and discharged and it may be in your power to make some suggestions to the commanding officers on this head as well as in regard to rolls of the prisoners which should be sent to this office. Please make frequent reports of the result of your inspection. I inclose for your use a few copies* of General Orders, No. 32, on the subject of prisoners of war.

I am, general, with great respect, &c.,

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

CAMP ON CORINTH ROAD, May 15, 1862.

Major-General POPE:

General Beauregard has to-day sent in 57 privates, 1 sergeant and 3 corporals, prisoners of war, on condition that we send him an equal number. You will send to corinth under a flag of truce the number required, taking receipt for the same as duly exchanged.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Camp on Corinth Road, May 15, 1862.

Colonel J. M. CONNELL, Commanding Outpost.

COLONEL: I cannot consent to Colonel Thompson's entering our lines. You will receive and receipt for such prisoners as he may deliver in accordance with the accompanying open letter to General Beauregard.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Camp on Corinth Road, May 15, 1862.

General B. T. BEAUREGARD, Commanding, &c., Corinth.

GENERAL: Your note of the 13th instant per Colonel Thompson is just received. An equal number of prisoners of war will be sent to your linesin exchange for those brought by Colonel Thompson and which may be hereafter sent for exchange. You have some of our surgeons and we have some of yours which I propose to exchange if agreeable to you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN CAROLINA,

Goldsborough, May 15, 1862.

Major General A. E. BURNSIDE,

Commanding U. S. Forces at New Berne.

GENERAL: Since my reply to your letter of March 29 requesting of me a release of prisoners I have been authorized by my Government to release on parole all the rank and file of the U. S. forces now held as prisoners of war on North Carolina.

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* Omitted here; see p. 417.

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