War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0244 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, Tenn., February 17, 1865.

Colonel J. G. PARKHURST,

Provost-Marshal-General, Department of the Cumberland:

COLONEL: Inclosed I send you certain papers by which you will see that Generals Forrest and Roddey propose an exchange of prisoners; also a copy of a telegram from Lieutenant-General Grant authorizing such exchange, but leaving the arrangements still to be perfected.* The major-general commanding directs that you proceed to Eastport or Gravelly Springs, communicate with General Forrest by flag of truce, and make such arrangements as you can for this exchange, keeping in view the wishes of this department as expressed in the telegram of the lieutenant-general.

Regarding the permission for people to bring their cotton within our lines and take out the necessaries of life, that matter will be left to the Treasury Department. You will also ascertain whether it is practicable to effect an exchange of Roddey's men as he desires.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., February 17, 1865.

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

A general exchange of prisoners is agreed on. All will be delivered in fifteen days. So inform them.

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, February 17, 1865.

General J. A. WALKER, Clover Depot:

Forward the prisoners arriving at Danville from Raleigh to Richmond for exchange.

R. E. LEE,

General.

RICHMOND, February 17, 1865.

General T. H. HOLMES, Raleigh, N. C.:

Dispatch of 16th received. The guards ordered back are required for the prisoners. You must send the prisoners to Danville for exchange.

R. E. LEE,

General.

CHARLOTTE, February 17, 1865.

Major-General HOKE, Wilmington:

Please telegraph and urge forward the removal of prisoners from Florence, S. C. I will come on to act as soon as possible. I hope to meet prisoners in Wilmington. Do all you can to secure necessary transportation.

HENRY FORNO,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

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* See Series I, Vol. XLIX, Part I, p. 725.

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