War of the Rebellion: Serial 118 Page 0318 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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have been sent in relation to general prisoners. All communications to this office must be addressed to the commissary-general of prisoners.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. T. HARTZ,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 4, 1863.

J. N. CHESTER, Esq., Box 2766, New York Post-Office.

DEAR SIR: Your letter of the 25th was duly received and I am directed by the commissary-general of prisoners to inform you that all officers captured subsequent to December 13, 1862, are to be held until a further understanding or until arrangements can be made for exchange.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. T. HARTZ,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR. DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 103.

Washington, March 4, 1863.

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XXXII. Brigadier General Joseph G. Totten, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby detailed as an associate with Rear-Admiral Shubrick and Commodore Davis, of the Navy, for the consideration of the case of the paroling of the officers and men of the U. S. steamer Mercedita, off Charleston, S. C., during the late attack from the rebels.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

[MARCH 5, 1863. - For records relating to the affair at Thompson's Station, Tenn., and the capture of the Union forces under Colonel John Cuburn, see Series I, Volume XXIII, Part I, p 73 et seq. Also, see Part II, same volume, for correspondence relating to Coburn's operations.]

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Wheeling, March 5, 1863.

Colonel W. HOFFMAN, Washington, D. C.

DEAR SIR: I am anxious to know if any progress has been made in the exchange of non-combatants now in custody on the Federal and Confederate side. I have frequent letters and requests from parties interested and have little information to give them, and am eager to arrest more hostages if I can [not?] get the exchanges made. I don't desire to make arrests. I see from information I received from Richmond that Doctor Hughes has got to Richmond. I don't understand how this was done without the release of Trout. Trout was a member