I have heard nothing about our friend Arthur M. Rutledge. Give my very kindest regards to Mrs. Bruce and believe me,
Ever, yours, very truly,
RICHMOND, May 7, 1862.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Corinth, via Mobile:
You are authorized to parole General B. M. Prentis for the purpose specifield, but think it best that he should not go North via Richmond. He had better go back the route he came.
G. W. RANDOLPH,
Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS, Goldsborough, May 7, 1862.
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR.
SIR: I have the honor very respectfully to request and if you will permit me most earnestly to urge that you will if possible cause Majors G. H. Hill, [C. S.] artillery, and H. A. Gilliam, Seventeenth North Carolina Troops, to b exchanged. These officers are particularly necessary to me now owing to their peculair excellence in their respective proper spheres.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
TH. H. HOLMES,
Individual exchanges cannot be effected.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,
Knoxville, May 10, 1862.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Corinth, Miss.:
Can send Geneal Prentiss through Cumberland Gap to the enemy's lines at Cumberland Ford.
E. KIRBY SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF GEORGIA,
Savannah, May 10, 1862.
Captain J. R. WADDY,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Charleston, S. C.
CAPTAIN: I beg leave to inclose copy* of a letter from Brigadier-General Benham sent under flag of truce and my reply* to the same. I do not think it necessary to add anything to the reasons assigned in my letter except that the course pursed in sending up the flag immediately after the attempt to use a balloon satisfied me that the object was simply to make a reconnaissance and to kept up a correspondence which would present further facilities of obeservation to them.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. R. LAWTON,
* Omitted here; for Benham to commanding officer at Savannah, May 8, and Lawton to Benham in reply, May 9, see pp. 527, 528.
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