ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
January 5, 1865.
Respectfully referred to Brigadier-General Winder.
Please see indorsement from the Secretary of War.
By command of Secretary of War:
H. L. CLAY.
Respectfully returned to the Adjutant-General.
This subject has already been a source of great concern (see my letter of December 21, 1864, from Columbia*). In that letter it was suggested to remove the prisoners either to Alabama or Southwestern Georgia. Since then, however, events have transpired to render both those places unsafe, in my opinion, and I know of no place south and west of the Savannah River that could be considered safe. (See my letter of January 24, 1865). Every effort will be made to remove prisoners from Salisbury for the within and other reasons. There are, however, only about 8,000 prisoners at Salisbury.
JNO H. WINDER,
FEBRUARY 4, 1865.
Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War, in connection with W. 122, submitted to-day.
Please see also inclosure, a copy of which has been returned to General Winder.
H. L. CLAY,
FEBRUARY 7, 1865.
No further action can be taken on these papers at present.
J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,
Secretary of War.
HDQRS. C. S. MILITARY PRISONS,
EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Columbia, S. C., January 2, 1865.
I. Surg. Edward McDonald, having reported by letter to these headquarters, will proceed at once to Andersonville, Ga., and report to commanding officer for assignment to duty.
II. Brigadier General J. D. Imboden, Provisional Army, C. S., is hereby assigned to the command of all military prisons in the States of Georgia and Alabama and Mississippi, and will until further orders establish his headquarters at Augusta, Ga.
III. The following-named officers are assigned to duty at these headquarters: Chief Surg. Isaiah H. White; Captain R. B. Winder, chief quartermaster; Captain S. T. Bayly, assistant adjutant-general.
JNO H. WINDER,
*See Vol. VII, this series, p. 1258.