OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D. C., May 14, 1863
General S. P. HEINTZELMAN.
Commanding Department of Washington, Washington, D. C.
GENERAL: Will it be necessary to arm the exchanged prisoners belonging to your command now at Annapolis and about to join their regiments?
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, May 14, 1863
Respectfully returned to Colonel Hoffman, commissary-general of prisoners. It will not be necessary to arm the exchanged prisoners belonging to this command before they join their regiments.
By command of Major-General Heintzelman:
CARROLL H. POTTER,
WASHINGTON, May 14, 1863
Commissioner for Exchange of Prisoners:
Can you arrange to have Baton Rouge as a place for the delivery of prisoners? Do not cease to urge Doctor Rucker's release.
Commissary-General of Prisoners.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,
Fort Monroe, May 14, 1863
Colonel JOSEPH HOLT, Judge-Advocate-General.
SIR: Will you please furnish me with such information as you may deem proper in relation to the trial and conviction of two men in Kentucky as spies and sentenced to death? Also in the cases of other men in General Hooker's command in the same situation. I am called on by the Confederate agent for information in these cases. He responded to my call satisfactorily in the case of Captain Webster, hung at Richmond and I desire to be enabled to do the same.
WM. H. LUDLOW,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Agent for Exchange of Prisoners.
JUDGE-ADVOCATE-GENERAL'S OFFICE, May 16, 1863
Respectfully referred to the Secretary of War.
The demand made by the rebel authorities for information in reference to the proceedings of our courts-martial which resulted in the conviction of certain spies and traitorous emissaries in Kentucky is deemed impertinent and the information sought will not be communicated unless specially directed by the Secretary. This Government is in no degree responsible to rebels in arms for the action of its military
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