War of the Rebellion: Serial 118 Page 0368 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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FORT MONROE, March 19, 1863.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

A large number of released citizen prisoners, including those captured by General Stuart in his raid into Maryland and Pennsylvania, have arrived here and leave for Washington to day. These were confined in Richmond. Those confined in Salisbury, N. C., will be delivered next week.

WM. H. LUDLOW,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Agent for Exchange of Prisoners.

FORT MONROE, March 19, 1863.

Colonel WM. HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners:

About 200 more citizen prisoners will be wanted.

WM. H. LUDLOW,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

OFFICE PROVOST-MARSHAL GENERAL,

Saint Louis, Mo., March 19, 1863.

Colonel W. HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners:

COLONEL: I send forward to-day by express the list of prisoners other than prisoners of war called for by your telegraphic order of the 4th instant. The number of those who are strictly citizens is comparatively small. The larger share of the list is composed of those whom I have styled bushwhackers. The members of this latter class cannot claim to be prisoners of war, neither can they claim as citizens a trial by the slow and expensive methods of civil law. I would recommend that the most desperate among them be tried by military commissions on the charge of violation of laws and customs of war and that the rest be exchanged.

I have the honor to be, colonel, your obedient servant,

F. A. DICK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Provost-Marshal-General.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 19, 1863.

W. P. WOOD,

Superintendent Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D. C.

SIR: The roll of citizen prisoners which you are preparing should have been furnished some days since under the instructions of General Hitchcock and is required immediately. You will therefore please have it made up by this evening at least.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OLD CAPITOL, Washington, March 19, 1863.

Colonel W. HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

SIR: I have received your note of this date and assure you I have received no communication from General Hitchcock or yourself since the