War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0066 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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by the prisoners of war captured from the U. S. forces at Brashear City in June, 1863.* The one is a letter from Major General E. A. Hitchcock, of August 24, 1864, which concedes the validity of the paroles when given; the other an order from the War Department, dated October 16, 1863, which declares exchanged the prisoners so paroled.

I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel and Agent of Exchange, Mil. Div. of West Mississippi.


Fort Pulaski, Ga., January 13, 1865.

All remittances to prisoners of war sent by permission of Brigadier-General Wessells, Commissary-General of Prisoners, Washington, D. C., and to the care of Lieutenant Colonel John E. Mulford, assistant agent of exchange, Fortress Monroe, Va., will be promptly delivered to the persons to whom they are addressed.


Major 157th New York Volunteers, Provost-Marshal.

CAMP DOUGLAS, Chicago, Ill., January 13, 1865.

Special requisition for clothing for issue to prisoners of war.

Eight thousand blankets, 2,000 coats or jackets, 3,000 pair trousers, 5,000 shirts, 10,000 pair drawers, 12,000 pair stockings, 3,000 pair bootees.

I certify that the above requisition is correct, and that the articles specified are absolutely requisite for the public service, rendered so by the following circumstances: For issue to prisoners of war at Camp Douglas for the first quarter of 1865, in pursuance of paragraph 12, circular, Office of Commissary-General of Prisoners, Washington, D. C., April 20, 1864.


Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.



Colonel Eighth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, Commanding Post.

CAMP DOUGLAS, Chicago, Ill., January 13, 1865.

Proceedings of the commission convened by the following order, to wit:

SPECIAL ORDERS, Numbers 12.]

A military commission is hereby ordered to meet at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., Thursday, January 12, 1865, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to investigate and report the facts in relation to the shooting of two prisoners of war in the rebel square at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., on the morning of the 7th instant, by a sentinel on post 6 or 7, Second Division, and whether such sentinel was justified in accordance with existing orders in such shooting. Detail for the commission: Major James E. Cornelius, Fifteenth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps; Captain John L. Hill,


*See Vol. VI, p. 383, and Vol. VII, p. 674, this series.