War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0538 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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Corinth, Miss., May 15, 1862.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, Commanding U. S. Forces, &c.

GENERAL: With this I shall send to your lines 114 or more prisoners of war, private soldiers of your service recently captured, whom I have directed to be released on their parole not to serve or bear arms during this war unless regularly exchange. Colonel Pegram, of my staff, will bear this to your lines and deliver the prisoners.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


FARMINGTON, [MISS.,] May 16, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

All the divisions will be up to permanent line to-morrow evening after which active operations may be expected. Iwill be located in Farmington village. Flag of truce from Beauregard appeared at our line yesterday in charge of Colonel Jacob Thompson, late Secretary of the Interior, with sixty-one of our prisoners released on parole. To-day another flag arrived by Colonel John Pegram with 114 more. Beauregard sends all our surgeons to-morrow for exchange. Halleck will return an equal number and left paroles of those sent in by the enemy. One of our men in from Corinth to-night says the enemy are receiving reinforcements every day. A full and well-uniformed regiment of 1,000 men arrived this morning. All quiet in front. Weather clear and road good. Army in excellent condition.


Assistant Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 16, 1862.

Major General JOHN E. WOOL,

Commanding Fort Monroe, Va.

GENERAL: You will endeavor to effect the following exchange of prisoners now on parole for prisoners at Fort Delaware is a general exchange cannot be effected under your present instructions, vis: Captain Henry Bowman for Captain H. H. Robertson, Twenty-seventh Virginia; Captain George W. Rockwood for Captain William J. Sergeant, Twenty-third Virginia; First Lieutenant J. E. Green for First Lieutenant S. C. Williams, Twenty-third Virginia; Second Lieutenant B. B. Vassall for Second Lieutenant William Wade, Fourth Virginia.

By order of the Secretary of War:


Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.


Camp on Corinth Road, May 16, 1862.

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

GENERAL: Your note of the 15th instant per Colonel Pegram is received. An equal number of prisoners of war will be sent to your lines in exchange for those delivered by Colonel Pegram.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Major-General, Commanding.