OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D. C., January 20, 1865.
Respectfully returned to Colonel J. Washburn, commanding Wheeling, W. Va., for report of the steps taken to obviate the defects in ventilation.
By order of Brigadier General H. W. Wessells, Inspector and Commissary-General of Prisoners:
W. T. HARTZ,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY COMMANDER,
Wheeling, W. Va., January 23, 1865.
Respectfully returned, stating that the defect in ventilation has been obviated by opening the upper sash of the windows.
Colonel 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Military Commander.
OFFICE PROVOST-MARSHAL OF PRISONERS,
Rock Island Barracks, Ill., January 16, 1865.
Colonel A. J. JOHNSON, Commanding Post:
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following inspection report of the condition of the prisoners of war at this station for the week ending January 16, 1865:
Conduct--very good. Cleanliness-good. Clothing--good. Bedding--none. State of quarters--very good. State of mess-houses--no mess-houses. State of kitchen--very good. Food, quality of--good. Food, quantity of--as per circular from Commissary-General of Prisoners. Water--good. Sinks--not good. Police of grounds--very good. Drainage--good. Police of hospital--very good. Attendance of sick--very good. Hospital diet--very good. General health of prisoners--good. Vigilance of guard--good.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. P. CARAHER,
Lieutenant-Colonel Fourth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps
and Provost-Marshal of Prisoners, Inspecting Officer.
The weather still remains calm and pleasant. Two hundred and eighty-one prisoners leave this day for exchange via Cairo. Very few (twenty-three) accepted the privilege of taking the oath, nearly all alleging that as soon as they were exchanged they would desert and go home. The within report is concurred in.
Respectfully referred to the Commissary-General of Prisoners.
A. J. JOHNSON,
Colonel Fourth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, Commanding Post.
U. S. TRANSPORT ATLANTA,
Mobile Bay, January 16, 1865.
[Major JAMES E. MONTGOMERY:]
MAJOR: I respectfully report that in checking off the cotton from the rebel steamer Waverly we found it to contain only 997 bales, and it was