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with the receipt of the Confederate agent. Three thousand eight hundred and sixty-five prisoners of war have been sent from Alton, Sandusky, Camp Chase and Louisville to Vicksburg, and for these receipts will be returned from Vicksburg.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF SOUTHERN MISSOURI, Paterson, Mo., December 9, 1862.

Colonel HARDING, Commanding Post, Paterson, Mo.

COLONEL: Accompanying please find letter to General Thompson and safeguard for officers being the flag of truce. The prisoners brought in by them should be restored to their custody until further action by the authorities at headquarters Department of the Missouri.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

HENRY C. FILLEBROWN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS POST, December 9, 1862.

Captain W. T. THOMPSON.

SIR: Please read the within and send me word whether you wish to take your prisoners back or to parole them. We must get them off our hands until the questions arising small be determined. I will either deliver them to your or send them for parole, as you think best.

Very respectfully, &c.,

CHESTER HARDING, Jr.,

Colonel, Commanding Post, Paterson, Mo.

JUDGE MAXWELL'S, December 9, 1862.

Colonel CHESTER HARDING, U. S. Army,

Commanding Post, Paterson, Mo.

COLONEL: The prisoners were put upon parole before leaving our headquarters and were only brought along by me to expedite and facilitate the exchange in case it could be effected. They can be released upon your reminding them of the fact. Have you a desire that we should return upon any particular route? If you have not we would prefer going through Greenville and Bloomfield, as it saves us a long stretch of swamp.

Yours, must respectfully,

W. T. THOMPSON,

Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier-General Thompson, C. S. Army.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS POST, December 9, 1862.

Captain W. T. THOMPSON, C. S. Army,

Judge Maxwell's House.

CAPTAIN: You are at liberty to take the Greenville and Bloomfield route on the condition that you do not reveal anything in regard to the