War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0006 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Steamer Tarascon, January 12, 1865.

Respectfully referred to Surg. George E. Cooper, medical director, Department of the Cumberland.

By command of Major-General Thomas:

HENRY M. CIST,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

MEDICAL DIRECTOR'S OFFICE,

Eastport, Miss., January 16, 1865.

Respectfully returned inviting attention to the inclosed letter.*

GEO. E. COOPER,

Surgeon, U. S. Army, Medical Director.

[Third indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Eastport, Miss., January 17, 1865.

Respectfully returned to Bvt. Brigadier General W. Hoffman, Commissary-General of Prisoners, with reference to inclosed letter from Major George E. Cooper, medical director, Department of the Cumberland.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

JANUARY 2,[1865.]

Major General B. F. BUTLER,

Commanding Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, Fort Monroe:

GENERAL: I have the honor to refer you to the bearer, Second Lieutenant Dobbs, Nineteenth U. S. Colored Infantry, as escaped prisoner from Columbia, S. C., as to the manner in which Captain Shad. Harris, [Third] Tennessee Cavalry, is treated by the rebels. Captain Harris has bee in the hands of the rebels for two years, and has had all the indignities heaped upon him by his brutal captors of which even they are capable. You will learn from the statement of Lieutenant Dobbs the falsity of the assertion made by Mr. Ould that Captain Harris was not in irons.

Trusting, general, to the efficacy of your measures with rebels to secure the release of a zealous,high-spirited, and gallant officer of our service, who has suffered long and uncomplainingly,

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. P. CARTER,

Brigadier General and Provost-Marshal-General of East Tennessee.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF INDIANA,

Numbers 1.

Indianapolis, January 2, 1865.

I. Before a military commission,which convened at Indianapolis, Ind., on the 19th day of September, 1864, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 129,

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*See Cooper to Hoffman, January 12, p. 56.

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