War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0154 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT- GENERAL'S OFFICE,

March 8, 1865.

Respectfully referred to Major General E. A. Hitchcock, commissioner for the exchange of prisoners, Washington, D. C.

By order of the Secretary of War:

C. W. FOSTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General of Volunteers.

WHEELING, January 31, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Will the orders of the Department allow the friends of our soldiers in rebel prisons to send them Confederate money!

A. I. BOREMAN,

Governor.

OFFICE COMMISSARY- GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., January 31, 1865.

General H. E. PAINE, U. S . Volunteers:

GENERAL: I will thank you to inform me with as little delay as possible how soon the clothing will be ready to forward to rebel prisoners of war. Pressing demands are continually received from some of the prisoners representing the want of clothing by a portion of the prisoners. i am holding them for the present in hopes the cotton will furnish all that is absolutely necessary.

Respectfully, yours,

H. W. WESSELLS,

Commissary- General of Prisoners.

NEW YORK, January 31, 1865.

Brigadier General H. W. WESSELLS, Washington, D. C.:

General Beall will probably be ready to commence the shipment of supplies within two or three days.

H. E. PAINE.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, January 31, 1865.

Major General A. E. BURNSIDE:

GENERAL: I inclose a copy of a statement of Charles W. Helm, "major, C. S. Army," and of a certificate of J. T. Boyle, late brigadier- general of volunteers, in regard to charges against Colonel Charles S. Hanson, who is to be tried by the rebel authorities, and beg to request that you will affix thereto a certificate exonerating Colonel Hanson.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. A. DANA,

Assistant Secretary of War.

[Inclosure Numbers 1.]

Col. Charles S. Hanson, Thirty- seventh Kentucky Regiment, U. S . Army, is now a prisoner, wounded, in the College Hospital, Lynchburg, Va. He was captured at Saltville, Va., about the 1st of October, 1864. Charges have been preferred against him by Lieutenant- Colonel Alson, C. S. Army, for cruelty to Confederate prisoners and violation of parole.