War of the Rebellion: Serial 118 Page 0264 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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James Given, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, having been exchanged and the General-in-Chief having declined to permit him to remain on duty at the camp you will order him to his regiment, availing yourself of his services if necessary in conducting troops to their regiments.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

[FEBRUARY 10, 1863. --For General Orders, Numbers 16, Department of the Cumberland, relating to the capture of rebel soldiers dressed in Union uniforms, see Series I, Volume XXIII, Part II, p. 53.]

[FEBRUARY 10, 1863. --For Reynolds to Flynt concerning treatment of the inhabitants of Middle Tennessee, see Series I, Volume XXIII, Part II, p. 54; and for Halleck to Rosecrans, March 5, in answer to Reynolds' suggestions, see p. 107, same volume.]

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Franklin, Tenn., February 11, 1863.

Brigadier General N. B. FORREST,

Commanding Confederate Forces.

GENERAL: Your communication in regard to the exchange of prisoners was received by Lieutenant Wilson and party, who met your messenger under flag of truce a few miles in advance of my lines and by whom they were promptly delivered.

All Confederate prisoners captured by my command since leaving Murfreesborough the 31st ultimo (except a few sick) have been sent to that place and Nashville to be disposed of according to Department orders regulating exchanges. Colonel Carroll and Major Rambaut have both been sent to Nashville.

I have no authority to negotiate an exchange of prisoners, general, and cannot therefore entertain your proposition however much I might desire to do so. Captain Von Minden's communication will be forwarded and an early exchange recommended.

Very respectfully, yours,

JEFF. C. DAVIS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.