BENTIVOGLIO, ALBERMARLE COUNTY, June 2, 1862.
Captain R. G. H. KEAN, Chief of Bureau of War, Richmond.
SIR: I have not yet received from the Department any official notification of the arrangment of my exchange and of the unfortunate mistake in relation to it. Be kind enough to send me at once the official papers including General Wool's answer, as having recovered from any would I am very anxious to rejoin my regiment.
I have the honor to remain, yours, respectfully,
GEO. S. PATTON,
Colonel Twenty-second Virginia Regiment.
JONESBOROUGH, TENN., June 2, 1862.
Major General E. KIRBY SMITH.
DEAR SIR: As sheriff of this county (Washington) I wish to know of you if the provost-marshal at this place has any right to interfere in cirminal or State matters when men are confined in jail as to having them released though they may volunteer. He has already had one man and woman released who were confined for an offense against the States laws. As there are now some others confined who are trying to get him to release them if they will volunteer, and as I do not wish to act in any way against the martial order, nor do I wish to act contrary to the State laws, only to do my duty to both, you will greatly oblige by giving me any instructions that you my think necessary in this matter. By compliance you will oblige,
Very respectfully, yours, &c.,
S. T. SHIPLEY,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE APPOMATTOX,
Petersburg, Va., June 3, 1862.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.
SIR: I have the honor herewith to forward certain papers* received from General Wool and Lieutenant-Colonel Whipple. Will you please send me instructions relative to them by Lieutenant Henry, who will return this evening.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ROBERT RANSOM, JR.,
JACKSON, MISS., June 4, 1862.
JEFFERSON DAVIS, President, Richmond, Va.:
Van Benthuysen's letter received. Butler has put promited citizens of New Orleans at labor with ball anc chain. Shall he be notified that lex talionis will be applied to such cases?
* Omitted here; Wool to Huger, June 1, p. 618, and Whipple to Huger, June 2, p. 632.