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small parties captured at different times in different places, and Streight's brigade was exchanged for the purpose of being used as guards for prisoners of war until their officers could be exchanged, and my impression is that they are indispensable for that purpose. The prospect is that we will have a large body of prisoners on our hands, and Camp Morton will have its full share.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., July 23, 1863.

QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL:

I am satisfied from a personal visit to Fort McHenry that the buildings recommended by General Morris* are much needed, and I respectfully urge that they be ordered.

Respectfully referred to the Quartermaster-General.

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., July 23, 1863.

Surg. J. SIMONS, General Hospital, Davids Island, N. Y.:

SIR: By direction of the Secretary of War all the sick and wounded enlisted rebel prisoners of war in your charge who are in a sufficiently convalescent condition will be delivered at City Point, Va., with as little delay as practicable. Duplicate parole=rolls will be sent with the party and a roll without paroles will be sent to this office. The names should be arranged on the rolls alphabetically by regiments. Please call on the general commanding in New York for a suitable guard and on the quartermaster for transportation, which will be engaged to deliver the prisoners at Fort Monroe or City Point, as the agent to deliver the prisoners at Fort Monroe or City Point, as the agent for exchange of prisoners at the former place may direct, to whom the commanding officer of the guard should be directed to report on his arrival. A medical officer with a sufficient number of attendants should accompany the prisoners. Please inform me by telegram of the number and the probable time of the departure.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

(Same to Surg. E. Swift, General Hospital, Chester, Pa.)

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., July 23, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel J. L. DONALDSON,

Assistant Quartermaster, U. S. Army, Baltimore, Md.:

COLONEL: Your letter of the 21st is received, and in reply I have to say that the arrangement for the prisoners of war at the jail is very

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*In letter of 22nd to Adjutant-General Thomas, p. 135.

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