War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0218 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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RICHMOND, February 13, 1865.

(Via Greensborough, 14th.)

General JOHNSON:

Orders have been given for removal of prisoners at Columbia and Florence. Some prisoners may be sent to Salisbury.

W. M. GARDNER,

General, &c.

COLUMBIA, S. C., February 13, 1865.

Brigadier General W. M. GARDNER, Richmond, Va.:

Telegram received. General Beauregard advises to move prisoners to Southwest Georgia. Will not subsistence be difficult in North Carolina? Answer by telegraph.

H. FORNO,

Colonel, Commanding.

COLUMBIA, S. C., February 13, 1865.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES, Raleigh, N. C.:

Am ordered by the War Department to move 7,000 prisoners from Florence to Raleigh. Can you furnish guard and subsistence? Am also to move 1,200 officers from here to Charlotte. Have guard enough to move them, but will need subsistence and guard at Charlotte. Answer by telegraph.

H. FORNO,

Colonel, Commanding.

COLUMBIA, February 13, 1865.

Captain G. W. BOOTH, Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Beauregard strongly disapproves sending prisoners to Wilmington, and urges their instant removal from Florence and Columbia to Southwest Georgia via Abbeville. Am preparing to act at once. Only await General Johnson's orders. There is no time to be lost.

H. FORNO,

Colonel, &c.

FLORENCE, February 13, 1865.

Captain G. W. BOOTH, Assistant Adjutant-General:

Seven thousand prisoners-about 3,000 sick-very destitute of clothing. Rations very short; no meat at all. Ought to be removed to a safer point immediately, but cannot be done unless more troops are sent me. Have scarcely two reliefs of reserves and about seventy-five veterans.

JOHN F. IVERSON,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

WASHINGTON, February 14, 1865.

Lieutenant-General GRANT, Commanding U. S. Armies:

We have 600 rebel officers at Fort Pulaski, and there are as many of our officers held in the vicinity of Charleston. I respectfully suggest