War of the Rebellion: Serial 119 Page 1074 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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FORT MONROE, March 18, 1864.

SECRETARY OF WAR:

Unless there are specific charges against Morgan's officers, confined in the Columbus penitentiary, I think it would advance the public service to have them released and sent to me at Point Lookout. Will you please order it?

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, March 18, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER, Fortress Monroe:

There is reason to believe that Morgan is organizing another raid and it is inexpedient to release his officers before their regular turn. I had ordered them to Fort Delaware some days ago.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

FORTRESS MONROE, March 18, 1864.

SECRETARY OF WAR:

I had not intended releasing Morgan's officers at all, only to get them out of a penitentiary, as reprisals were informally notified to me and I did not wish to yield after formal action of the rebels.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE COMMISSIONER FOR EXCHANGE,

Fort Monroe, Va., March 18, 1864.

Honorable ROBERT OULD, Agent for Exchange, Richmond, Va.:

SIR: Will you please inform me as to the whereabouts of Francis Lowe, master of the schooner Julia Baker, captured while engaged in gathering oysters at the mouth of James River on the 12th instant?

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General and Commissioner for Exchange.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE COMMISSIONER FOR EXCHANGE,

Fort Monroe, Va., March 18, 1864.

Honorable ROBERT OULD, Agent for Exchange, Richmond, Va.:

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that the Rev. C. C. Hall, of Washington, D. C., goes to City Point in a few days with the body of Lieutenant Julian Cumming. Will you please notify Mr. C. C. Summing, of Augusta, Ga., of this fact and ask him to meet it at City Point?

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, yours, &c.,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General and Commissioner for Exchange.