War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0588 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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Trusting that your deliberations may be fortunate in alleviating those who have met with disaster and may tend to make our conflicts as humane as the nature of our service will allow,

I am, respectfully, &c.,


Brigadier-General, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 24, 1862.

Colonel DIMICK, Fort Warren:

Please report immediately in what manner Generals Buckner and Tilghman are confined.


Secretary of War.

FORT WARREN, Boston Harbor, May 24, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Generals Tilghman and Buckner are confined in separate basement rooms, similar rooms as are occupied by half the prisoners of war. They converse with no one but myself and staff. Have one hour each day exercise on the ramparts separately. All other persons excluded.


Colonel, Commanding Post.


Falmouth, May 24, 1862.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

* * * Am I right in understanding that I am authorized to say to the enemy that their generals, Buckner and Tilghman, are not confined in dungeons?


Major-General, Commanding Department.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, [May 24], 1862.

Major-General McDOWELL:

You may answer that General Buckner and Tilghman are not confined in dungeons. I have directed a specific report to be made as to how they are confined which when received will be transmitted to you.


Secretary of War.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 24, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

Appended you will find a letter* from Major-General Huger. It would appear that our prisoners-of-war hostages have been removed from Richmond and that General Huger does not know their whereabouts, but will ascertain and will forward them for exchange or parole as soon as they reach Petersburg. I should be glad if you will send me the names and rank of the privateersmen and have them in readiness to forward at a moment's warning. The movements of the two


*Omitted here; Huger to Wool, May 23, p. 586.