War of the Rebellion: Serial 118 Page 0826 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, Va., February 6, 1863.

Honorable J. P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of State:

Inclosed you will find a report from General Winder of all the information that can be extracted from him on the subject of John Cahas been written to Mr. Wellford, at Salisbury, to make further inquiry on the subject.

For Secretary of War.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF HENRICO,

Richmond, February 5, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON, Secretary of War.

DEAR SIR: In reply to yours of 4th instant relative to John Carfoot I have the honor to report that the said John Carfoot was arrested near New Berne, N. C., by Captain Boothe in April, 1862, and sent to Salisbury, N. C., by General Ransom. The inclosed letter, a copy of one addressed to the Adjutant-General and the original of which is on file in the Adjutant-General's Office, will explain the nature of the charges against him. He was discharged on the 3rd day of January, 1863, and I am informed he is now at work in Salisbury, N. C., having taken the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States. I also inclose an extract* from a letter to the British consul notifying him of Carfoot's release. I am under the impression the former inquiry came through the Adjutant-General's Department and hence the reference was addressed to that office.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN H. WINDER,

Brigadier-General.

[Sub-inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF HENRICO,

Richmond, January 14, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.

GENERAL: I have the honor to transmit the following information concerning John Carfoot: He was arrested near New Berne, N. C., in the month of April, 1862, by Captain Boothe and sent to Salisbury by General Ransom. He was supposed at the time to have come to the above-named place in company with General Burnside. There are no papers on file.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO H. WINDER,

Brigadier-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, Va., February 7, 1863.

General J. C. PEMBERTON, Jackson, Miss.:

Use your own discretion about the deserters. Parole and discharged if you think best.

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

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*See p. 808.

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