War of the Rebellion: Serial 119 Page 0998 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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WASHINGTON, February 29, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER, Commissioner for Exchange:

Have you information that Captains Ives and Reed have been released from their irons? If not, please ascertain, if in your power.

W. HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners.

Answer.

I understand that Captains Ives and Reed are not in irons, but have made the necessary inquiries by the flag-of-truce boat, which is expected in hourly.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General and Commissioner of Exchange.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., February 29, 1864.

Major General B. F. BUTLER,

Commissioner for Exchange, Fort Monroe, Va.:

GENERAL: By direction of the Secretary of War, Captain C. C. Morgan, aide-de-camp, a rebel prisoner in the penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio, has been ordered to be forwarded to you at Fort Monroe, and I am instructed by the Secretary of War to say that he will be delivered at City Point and exchanged for Captain A. H. Stanton, Sixteenth Infantry, now on parole in New York.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., February 29, 1864.

Major General B. F. BUTLER,

Commissioner for Exchange, Fort Monroe, Va.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that Captain Frank Battle, of the rebel army, has been ordered to Fort Warren and placed in irons, to be held in retaliation for Captain Shadrick Harris, Third East Tennessee Cavalry, who is now reported to be in irons in Columbia, S. C. I would respectfully suggest that the authorities at Richmond be notified of the steps taken in this case, and that when Captain Harris is held and treated as other prisoners of war the same treatment will be extended to Captain Battle.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Colonel Third Infantry and Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., February 29, 1864.

Colonel WILLIAM WEER,

Commanding Military Prison, Alton, Ill.:

COLONEL: I have just received a report from Surg. A. M. Clark, acting medical inspector of prisoners, of his inspection of the Alton military prison, form which I learn that it is not in a very satisfactory condition. Though many things are in a commendable shape, there are