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HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, March 20, 1863.

Commodore W. D. PORTER, U. S. Navy, Washington.

COMMODORE: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 19th. A demand will be immediately made upon the Confederate authorities for the exchange of Spencer Kellogg if living, or that the he be accounted for if dead.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 20, 1863.

Honorable GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that forty-three paroled seamen belonging to the U. S. Navy have just arrived in this city from Richmond and I have respectfully to request you will designate an officer to take of them. They are now on the State of Maine at the foot of Sixth street.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 20, 1863.

Brigadier General J. H. MARTINDALE,

Commanding Military District of Washington.

GENERAL: The steamer State of Maine has just arrived with about 325 prisoners, paroled Union soldiers and citizens from Richmond, and I have respectfully to request that you will order a guard to conduct them from the boat to the Soldiers' Rest where they will have to be provided for the present. I have to request also that you will order a guard of an officer and twenty men to conduct the soldiers to Camp Parole, at Annapolis, as soon as arrangements can be made for their transportation.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 20, 1863.

Colonel J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.

COLONEL: I have the honor to submit herewith for the action of the General-in-Chief a communication* from His Excellency Governor Yates, of Illinois, recommending the establishment of a camp for paroled troops of that State somewhere within its limits. On this application I beg leave to suggest that on account of convenience of

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* Omitted here; Yates to Hoffman, March 6, p. 321.

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