War of the Rebellion: Serial 118 Page 0158 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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honor I have seen yours teeming with the demand that the prisoners we had captured and paroled should be sent to Minnesota to repel the Indians then at war with your parole.

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

S. G. FRENCH,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, January 6, 1863.

Brigadier General LEWIS MERRILL,

Commanding District of Northeast Missouri, Warrenton, Mo.

GENERAL: It is understood that the rebel Government has refused to parole and exchange our officers, in consequence whereof the general commanding is directed to exchange no more officers until this question is settled. I am directed to say that until further orders you will please cause all rebel officers taken prisoners within your command to be forwarded under guard to the provost-marshal-general at these headquarters.

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

H. Z. CURTIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Brigadier General Ben. Loan, commanding District of Central Missouri, Jefferson City: Brigadier General E. B. Brown, commanding District of Southwest Missouri, Springfield; Brigadier General E. A. Carr, commanding District of Saint Louis, Saint Louis.)

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Murfreesborough, January 6, 1863.

General R. B. MITCHELL.

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that the Confederate prisoners be forwarded to Alton. Officers will not be paroled on account of Jeff. Davis' proclamation and order. Official letters will be written which you will cause to be read to them.

Our own paroled prisoners who have no written evidence of their parole will be ordered to their regiments their parole being unlawful.

Continue your vigilance in arresting every officer who is in the city without permission from division approved by corps commanders or from these headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. GODDARD,

Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST TENNESSEE PARTISAN RANGERS,

January 6, 1863.

COMMANDER OF THE POST, Bolivar, Tenn.

SIR: I am informed that Forage Master Thomas W. Bass and Asst. Surg. John B. Scarborough, of my regiment, First Tennessee Partisan Rangers, C. S. Army, who have been captured as prisoners of war