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WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, May 21, 1862.

Colonel G. LOOMIS,

Fifth U. S. Infantry, Commanding Fort Columbus, N. Y.

SIR: The Secretary of War directs that you select from the prisoners of war under your charge a captain supposed to have some weight in his own State and transfer him to Major-General Wool at Fort Monroe, to be held by him for exchange of Captain John Drew, Second Vermont Volunteers, a prisoner in the hdnas of the rebels. Please report the name of the person selected by telegraph.

I am, sir, &c.,

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 21, 1862.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

Herewith you will receive a copy of a letter* from Major-General Huger on the subject of exchanges. I would recommend that it be adopted as it accords with your own views on the subject. If approved I hope that you willorder the privateersment to be sent t me as soon as convenient and I will send you the hostages-Corcoran, Willcox and others. The following is a copy of the above-mentioned letter. *

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 21, 1862.

Major-General WOOL, Fort Monroe:

You may accept the proposition of General Huger contained in your telegram of this date. The privateersmen have this day been ordered to your custody for exchange as proposed and the arrangements will be faithfully observed on the part of this Government.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, May 21, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

I have but this moment received your dispatch relating to the exchange of prisoners of war. Captain Milward has gone to prepare a boat to go with a flag of turce to inform Major-General Huger that the privateersmen have been ordered to this post with reference to exchange or arole, anticipating that he will be prepared to forward the hostages.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, Va., May 21, 1862.

Major General B. HUGER, Commanding at Petersburg, Va.

GENERAL: I have just received your communication of the 20th instant on the subject of exchanging prisoners of war, and I hasten to

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*Omitted here; Huger to Wool, May 20, p. 556.

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