War of the Rebellion: Serial 119 Page 0092 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, July 8, 1863.

Major-General SCHENCK, Commanding, &c.:

General Schoepf telegraphs that you have ordered him to send no more prisoners to City Point. The Secretary of War desires to know why you issued this order.

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

BALTIMORE, July 8, 1863.

Brigadier General E. R. S. CANBY, War Department:

When two or there days ago I directed General Schoepf to suspend sending prisoners of war to City Point it was because I had assurance that they would immediately on arrival be employed for defense of Richmond. I supposed this also to be the idea at the War Department when I was instructed to have accommodation for 6,000 at Fort Delaware. Shall I order General Schoepf to send now to City Point those he has?

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, July 8, 1863.

Major-General SCHENCK, Baltimore:

Your action in stopping the forwarding of prisoners to City Point is approved for the reasons mentioned by you, and your order should be continued in force under present circumstances.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

BALTIMORE, July 8, 1863.

General CANBY:

I have now over 1,100 rebel prisoners. Shall I send them to Fort Delaware, or is it the policy of the War Department to send them at this time to City Point?

R. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., July 8, 1863.

Major General R. C. SCHENCK, Baltimore, Md.:

The Secretary of War directs that the rebel prisoners referred to in your telegram be sent to Fort Delaware.

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, D. C., July 8, 1863.

Major-General GRANT, Vicksburg:

I fear your paroling the garrison at Vicksburg without actual delivery to a proper agent, as required by the seventh article of the cartel,