War of the Rebellion: Serial 119 Page 0084 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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C. S. STEAMER TORPEDO,

Off Newport News, Va., July 6, 1863.

Acting Rear-Admiral S. P. LEE,

U. S. Flag-ship Minnesota:

SIR: Will Admiral Lee inform me, if he can, how long it will probably be before an answer will be made to my note of the 4th instant?

Will he please also forward the accompanying letter* from Honorable Mr. Ould, Confederate agent of exchange, to Lieutenant Colonel William H. Ludlow, U. S. agent of exchange?

Most respectfully,

ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS.

NAVY DEPARTMENT, Washington, July 6, 1863.

The request of Alexander H. Stephens is inadmissible. The customary agents and channels are adequate for all needful military communication and conference between the U. S. forces and the insurgents.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy.

Acting Rear-Admiral S. P. LEE, Hampton Roads:

Above you have the reply of this Department to the request of A. H. Stephens. Your course in not permitting the Torpedo to pass is approved.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy.

U. S. FLAG-SHIP MINNESOTA,

Off Newport News, Va., July 6, 1863.

Honorable ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS:

SIR: The request contained in your communication of the 4th instant is considered inadmissible. The customary agents and channels are adequate for all needful military communications and conference between the U. S. forces and the insurgents.

Very respectfully, yours,

S. P. LEE,

Actg. Rear-Admiral, Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, July 6, 1863.

Honorable ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS:

SIR: In the temporary absence of Major General John A. Dix, commanding this department, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 4th instant, addressed to the officer commanding U. S. forces, Fort Monroe, and in the execution of instructions from the Secretary of War to inform you that the request therein contained is deemed inadmissible. The customary agents and channels are considered adequate for all needful military communications and conferences.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. H. LUDLOW,

Lieutenant Colonel and Asst. Insp. General, Seventh Army Corps,

Agent for Exchange of Prisoners.

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* See p. 87.

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