War of the Rebellion: Serial 118 Page 0544 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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him are true or false, and as the negotiations for the exchange of our officers are embarrassed by the detention of Captain Baylor I have respectfully to request you will direct such reports to be made by his captors, giving the names of the witnesses, as will establish whether he is guilty or not. I beg your early attention to this matter.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary - General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY - GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., May 1, 1863.

Brigadier General J. H. MARTINDALE,

Commanding Military District of Washington.

GENERAL: A steamer will reach this city from Fort Monroe the latter part of this week for the purpose of taking on board for delivery at City Point the Prisoners of war, officers and men, who may be at the Old Capitol Prison and I have the honor to request you will give the necessary orders for the movement. Please direct duplicate parole rolls to be prepared to go with them and one copy without the parole for this office. As soon as I am informed I will notify you of the day when the steamer will be here.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary - General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY - GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., May 1, 1863.

Captain H. B. TODD, Provost - Marshal, Washington.

CAPTAIN: Two women charged with disloyal practices have been ordered from Camp Chase to be delivered to you and they may be expected here in day or two. It is probable there will be other women of the same class ordered on soon.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary - General of Prisoners.

DEPOT PRISONERS OF WAR,

Near Sandusky, Ohio, May 1, 1863.

Colonel W. HOFFMAN, Commissary - General of Prisoners.

COLONEL: General Burnside has postponed the execution of Thomas M. Campbell, spy, till the 8th, one week. I received your dispatch in which you direct no visitors on the island the day of execution. The doctor desired Donahoe and perhaps another physician. The chaplain said he would like another clergyman, especially if the prisoners desired. I also consented that the sheriff of one county

(Sandusky) [be present] as I am under obligations to him for irons, &c., besides being very accommodating in taking prisoners sometimes in the winter. I also design to give passes to reporters of the press to a limited number.