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[First indorsement.]

Respectfully submitted to Honorable Secretary of War.

JOHN W. RIELY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

FEBRUARY 15, 1865.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL:

Communicate to General Bragg if Charlotte be within the limits of his command. If not, inform General Lee.

[JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,]

Secretary of War.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS MILITARY PRISONS,

] Richmond, Va., February 14, 1865.

I. By special agreement between the respective agents of exchange for the Confederate and United States all prisoners held in close confinement are directed to the released from such confinement and placed on the same footing of other prisoners of war.

II. Commandants of prisons are hereby directed to release from confinement all prisoners of war thus held and forward them without delay to Richmond, Va. If there are no prisoners thus held the fact will be reported in writing immediately on the receipt of this order.

III. Commandants of all prisons are directed to have made out rolls of all citizen prisoners, stating name, State, date of arrest, and cause of arrest, and forward without delay through these headquarters for the Bureau of Exchange.

IV. Any information that can be given of Captain Shad. Harris, of Tennessee, for whom the Federal authorities have particularly asked, will be stated.

By order Brigadier General W. M. Gardner:

J. LOUIS SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

COLUMBIA, S. C., February 14, 1865.

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

General Holmes telegraphs that he has no guards to give me; recommends Greensborough as location, and can feed prisoners with bread only. I am removing prisoners from Florence to Abbeville. I have enough South Carolina guards, and subsistence is easy there. Columbia prisoners go to Charlotte to-day.

H. FORNO,

Colonel, Commanding.

COLUMBIA, S. C., February 14, 1865.

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

I have just learned that the enemy are near Kingsville, but shall do my best to remove prisoners.

H. FORNO,

Colonel, Commanding.

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