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they are confined. Please detail a competent officer to make an immediate and thorough inspection of the quarters assigned to the prisoners, and also to inquire as to the alleged neglect of their health and comfort. When his report is received be good enough to transmit it to this Department for such action as the case may seem to require.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., January 28, 1863.

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

The following dispatch was just received:

PARIS, EDGAR COUNTY, January 28, 1863.

Adjutant-General FULLER:

By proper authority I arrested a deserter from my company and mob rescued him. What shall I do? Answer immediately.

SIMPKINS,

Lieutenant Company E, Sixty-sixth Illinois Volunteers.

One or two similar instances have occurred in other counties. What shall I do? I learn that 2,500 prisoners are being sent here. If so, you will have to send force to guard them. We cannot.

RICHARD YATES,

Governor.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., January 28, 1863.

CLERK OF THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, Washington.

SIR: I have the honor to request that you will furnish me with a copy of the resolution adopted by the Senate on the 5th of December, 1862, calling on the President for information in relation to citizens of Kentucky who have been arrested and confined outside the limits of said State. The copy is required to accompany a report which is to be submitted to the Secretary of War.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

FORT MONROE, January 28, 1863.

Colonel W. HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners:

What orders if any have been given for the delivery to Confederate authorities of the non-commissioned officers and privates captured at Arkansas Post?

WM. H. LUDLOW,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Agent for Exchange of Prisoners.

FORT MONROE, January 28, 1863.

Major-General HITCHCOCK,

Commissioner for Exchange of Prisoners:

I intend to go to City Point to-morrow to meet Mr. Ould and would much like to have the list our citizen prisoners which W. P. Wood made. Can they be sent by mail this afternoon?

WM. H. LUDLOW,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Agent.