War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0210 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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weather. Police of grounds-thorough. Drainage-complete. Police of hospitals-good. Attendance of sick-good. Hospital diet-first class. General health of prisoners-bad. Fatality-great. Vigilance of guard-very strict.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. W. DAVIDSON,

First Lieutenant, Veteran Reserve Corps, Inspecting Officer.

CHICAGO, February 12, 1865.

Brevet Brigadier-General HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners:

If prisoners of war make application to take the oath and be released and refuse to be exchanged, will they be released, and when? Probably one-third would so refuse if official assurance can be given that they will be released within a reasonable time.

B. J. SWEET,

Colonel, Commanding.

RICHMOND, February 12, 1865. (Received 13th.)

General BRAGG:

It is necessary to move prisoners from Florence-about 10,000. Can they be accommodated at or near Wilmington? Colonel Ould will probably exchange them at that point in about two weeks.

By order:

J. A. CAMPBELL.

[Indorsement.]

General HOKE:

General Bragg ought certainly to be now in Richmond, and will there determine this subject, I should think.

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Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., February 12, 1865.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Columbia, S. C.:

Order commandant of prison at Columbia to remove Federal officers to Charlotte.

By order:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, February 12, 1865.

POST QUARTERMASTER, Charlotte, N. C.:

Make immediate preparations for the reception of 1,800 Federal officers.

By orders:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.