With every assurance of my earnest desire to mitigate the hardships of this terrible strife, I beg leave to remain,
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. S. TROWBRIDGE,
Lieutenant Colonel Tenth Mich. Cav. and Pro. March General of East Tenn.
CHARLESTON, February 14, 1865.
General S. COOPER:
It is respectfully suggested that the prisoners at Florence be sent to Wilmington and delivered to the enemy on parole, thus relieving us and embarrassing the enemy.
G. T. BEAUREGARD,
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,
Richmond, Va., February 14, 1865.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Columbia, S. C.:
Send prisoners to North Carolina rather than elsewhere, as exchanges are being approved.
J. A. CAMPBELL,
Assistant Secretary of War.
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, February 14, 1865.
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II. Brigadier General Gideon J. Pillow is constituted Commissary-General of Prisoners and will enter at once upon his duties as designated in paragraphs, I, II, and III, General Orders, Numbers 84, 1864.
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Adjutant and Inspector General.
[NOTE.-The foregoing order was revoked by paragraph 40, Special Orders, Numbers 48, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, February 27, 1865, for which see Series I, Vol. XLVII, Part II, p. 1284.]
CHARLOTTE, February 14, 1865.
General S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General:
It is very unsafe to let the 1,200 Federal officers remain here. The guard is small and no inclosure. Should any of them escape would endanger a very large amount of valuable stores.
W. J. HOKE,
Colonel, Commanding Post.