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OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS, Washington, D. C., December 18, 1862.

Hon. GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 16th instant, addressed to General E. A. Hitchcock, agent for exchange of prisoners of war, and to inform you that it will be forwarded to Lieutenant-Colonel Ludlow, at Fort Monroe, who is attending to the exchanges in the absence of General Hitchcock, in order that the prisoners therein named may be exchanged as early as practicable. I have the honor to inform you also that your letter of the 26th of November addressed to the Adjutant-General, giving the names of the six paroled seamen, was forwarded to Colonel Ludlow for his early attention.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS, Washington, D. C., December 18, 1862.

General S. R. CURTIS,

Commanding Department of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.

GENERAL: In reply to your letter of the 12th instant I have the honor to state that the prisoners taken and paroled in Missouri have not yet been exchanged owing to the entire absence of rolls. The officers taken at Shiloh were declared exchanged in General Orders, No. 191; the exchange of enlisted men taken at the same place was announced in General Orders, No. 147, of September 30. At the next negotiations for exchanges it is hoped all the Missouri prisoners will be exchanged an masse.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

WASHINGTON, D. C., December 18, 1862.

Major General S. R. CURTIS:

All Shiloh prisoners are exchanged. Enlisted men by Orders, No. 147; officers by Orders, No. 191, first clause.

W. HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY COMMANDANT, Covington and Newport, Ky., December 18, 1862.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Commanding Department of the Ohio.

GENERAL: In obedience to your order of the 12th instant inclosing a copy of a letter from the War Department in which was embraced a resolution adopted by the Senate of the United States on the 5th day of December requiring a list of the citizens of the State of Kentucky