War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0198 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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RICHMOND, February 8, 1865.

Brigadier . General JOHN H. WINDER, Columbia, S. C.:

You will without delay forward to Richmond such Federal prisoners of war as have been held in close confinement or in irons within your control with a view to their delivery.


Adjutant and Inspector General.

[FEBRUARY 8, 1865.- For report of death of General John H. Winder. see Series I, Vol. XLVII, Part II, p. 1121.]


Richmond, February 8, 1865.

His Excellency Z. B. VANCE,

Governor of north Carolina, Raleigh, N. C.;

SIR: Your letter of the 1st instant calling attention tot he suffering condition of the Federal prisoners at Salisbury has been received. I have the honor to inform you that I have directed the Adjutant-General to cause an inspection to be made of the prison at Salisbury, and have such instructions given the inspecting officer as will enable him to correct the evils complained of.

Very respectfully,


Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, February 8, 1865.

Brigadier General W. M. GARDNER:

SIR: I am quite sure there are at least two Federal officers who have been placed in close confinement or irons at Danville. Their names are Colonel W. R. Hartshorne, One hundred and ninetieth Pennsylvania, and Major E. S. Horton, Fifty- eighth Massachusetts. They were put in confinement, by order of the Adjutant- General, in retaliation for Colonel Morris and Major Steele, upon my recommendation. I will be obliged to you if you will have them ordered here. I will also thank you to have a further inquiry made as to Salisbury, so that I can answer, with the fullest certainty, the Federal authorities.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Agent of Exchange.


Near Moulton, Ala., February 8, 1865.

Brigadier General R. S. GRANGER,

Commanding U. S. Forces, District of Northern Alabama:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 31st instant [ultimo], inclosing telegram from Major-General Thomas, U. S. Army, by flag of truce. Immediately on the receipt of your communication I sent Captain hammond, of my staff, south after the prisoners my command had captured,a nd expect his return with them as soon as practicable. I have sent for enough prisoners to complete the exchange for all of my men and think they