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CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1862, TO JUNE 10, 1863.

UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

Extract from Annual Report of the Secretary of War, December 1, 1862.

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The Adjutant-General's Office has also had charge of the exchange of prisoners. In the month of July a cartel of exchange was arranged by General John A. Dix, on the part of the United States, and General [D. H.] Hill, of the rebel army, under which large numbers of prisoners of war have been exchanged. There still remain some paroled prisoners belonging to the U. S. Army whose exchange will be effected at the earliest opportunity.

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EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Murfreesborough, Tenn., December 1, 1862.

Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,

Commanding U. S. Forces, Nashville, Tenn.

GENERAL: I am in receipt of your communication of the 29th* [ultimo] in reply to mine in reference to the case of Adjutant Hawkins. The circumstances which formed the basis of complaint occurred in a distant part of my department and I have no information in regard to the matter other than transmitted you in my last. I concur fully with you in your suggestions in regard to the uses of the flag as a means of communication between the opposing armies. Official courtesy no less than a precaution against the improper use of the flag requires that it should come from the commanding general and follow the most direct route. Entertaining these views I was surprised to receive a communication of equal date with yours from one of your subordinates, Major-General McCook, addressed to me directly and sent by a circuitous route. The selection of the Franklin pike for a flag was certainly singular, as no one desiring to reach this place in ordinary times would make choice of that road. On the same day I also received a communication from another of your subordinate officers, General Negley, who sought by flag to effect an object highly unpleasant to me, and which he afterwards accomplished contrary to my expressed and imperative regulations. I can only account for these discrepancies by presuming

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* See Series I, Vol. XX, Part II, p. 109.

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