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WASHINGTON, D. C., March 23, 1863.

Brigadier General M. C. MEIGS, Quartermaster-General.

GENERAL: There are about 100 prisoners in the Old Capitol Prison sentenced to hard labor on the public works and the number is daily increasing.

The Secretary of War has proposed to send them to the Tortugas if proper transportation should offer. If your Department is sending any vessel to that place suitable for the purpose please inform me. The prison is already too much crowded.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 23, 1863.

Brigadier General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

GENERAL: The Secretary of War directs that clothing of an irregular and inferior character be issued to destitute citizens recently released from the prisons in Richmond, and I have respectfully to request that you will cause to be furnished to Captain E. M. Camp, aide de-camp, at the Soldiers' Rest, the following-named articles to be receipted for and issued by him, viz: 80 hats, 68 coasts, 62 pants, 63 shoes, 79 shirts, 83 drawers, 62 stockings.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 23, 1863.

Colonel D. H. RUCKER,

Aide-de-Camp, Chief Depot Quartermaster, Washington, D. C.

COLONEL: The Secretary of War directs that transportation to their homes be furnished to the destitute citizens recently released from the prisons in Richmond and now in this city and I have therefore to request that you will cause transportation to be provided for the persons named in the accompanying list to the places set opposite their respective names or to the nearest point which can be reached by railroad or water communication.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

Extract from testimony of Major General John F. Reynolds before the Committee on the Conduct of the War.

WASHINGTON, March 23, 1863.

Major General JOHN F. REYNOLDS sworn and examined.

By Mr. GOOCH:

Question. What is your rank and position in the Army?

Answer. I am a major-general of volunteers, at present commanding the First Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

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