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pox in the Old Capitol Prison. Perhaps you know the danger and may already have taken the proper steps in the matter, but I have thought proper to make this report.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. A. HITCHCOCK,

Major-General, &c.

[First indorsement.]

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL'S OF PRISONERS,

Washington, January 20, 1864.

Respectfully referred to Brigadier-General Martindale, military governor.

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON,

January 21, 1864.

Respectfully referred to surgeon in charge of Old Capitol Prison, through Surg. R. O. Abbott, medical director, for report.

By command of Brigadier-General Martindale:

JOHN P. SHERBURNE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Third indorsement.]

MEDICAL DIRECTOR'S OFFICE,

January 23, 1864.

Respectfully returned with report of Acting Assistant Surgeon Ford, U. S. Army, medical officer in charge of Old Capitol Prison.

R. O. ABBOTT,

Surgeon, U. S. Army, Medical Director Dept. of Washington.

[Fourth indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON,

January 26, 1864.

Respectfully returned to Colonel Hoffman, Commissary-General of Prisoners, with report inclosed.

By command of Brigadier-General Martindale:

JOHN P. SHERBURNE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure to third indorsement.]

OLD CAPITOL PRISON,

Washington, D. C., January 22, 1864.

Surg. R. O. ABBOTT, U. S. Army,

Medical Director Department of Washington:

SIR: I have the honor to report that cases of smallpox appear every day or two, but as soon as discovered they are sent to California Hospital. I visit the prison several times a day, and have taken every precaution to prevent the spreading of the disease. I have the honor to inform you that there was but one case of smallpox in the prison on the day that several were reported to General Hitchcock, and that case was removed to California Hospital the same day.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. M. FORD,

Acting Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Army, in Charge.