War of the Rebellion: Serial 119 Page 0495 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION AND CONFEDERATE.

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OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., November 10, 1863.

Colonel JOSEPH ROBERTS, Commanding Fort Monroe, Va.:

COLONEL: By direction of the Secretary of War you will please send General W. H. F. Lee, a prisoner of war at Fort Monroe, to the depot on Johnson's Island, near Sandusky, Ohio, place him in charge of an officer and three men, and give particular instructions to insure that he shall not escape, and order that he shall be permitted to have no intercourse with any person on the way. If there is any delay at Baltimore in waiting for the train, let the officer in charge apply to the provost-marshal, Colonel Fish, for a place where General Lee may be held in security. Send them by the Pittsburgh route.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

COLUMBUS, November 10, 1863-6. 30 p. m.

Colonel HOFFMAN, Commissary-General of Prisoners:

Apprehensions are felt of an attempt to release the prisoners at Johnson's Island by armed steamers from Canada. I have requested the Secretary of the Navy to send the steamer Michigan at once to that place. Please see him. *

DAVID TOD,

Governor.

OHIO PENITENTIARY, Columbus, November 10, 1863.

Brigadier General JOHN S. MASON,

Headquarters U. S. Forces, Columbus, Ohio:

GENERAL: Please do me the kindness to forward the inclosed documents to Honorable E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War, and very much oblige,

Yours, respectfully,

JNO H. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General, C. S. Army.

[Indorsement.]

NOVEMBER 30, 1863.

If the reports are true of the escape of Morgan no further action on these papers is necessary.

E. A. HITCHCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers.

[Inclosure.]

OHIO PENITENTIARY, Columbus, Ohio, November 9, 1863.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

SIR: I respectfully request your early consideration of the papers herewith inclosed.

On the 26th of July I surrendered myself a prisoner of war to a detachment of the military forces of the United States and was by order of the commanding general of this department confined in the

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*For other correspondence on this subject, see Series I, Vol. XXIX, Part II, p. 457, and Series III, under dates November 11-14, 1863.

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