War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0268 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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power of saying to General Grant, "Here is every citizen prisoner we have - release ours in return." I have already the assurance that at least an equal number will be released. I believe the enemy will do even more.

RO. OULD,

Agent of Exchange.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

February 19, 1865.

COMMANDING GENERAL U. S. FORCES, Fort Fisher, N. C.:

SIR: I have the honor to state that 2,500 Federal prisoners have been set apart by the War Department, Confederate Government, for exchange at the city of Wilmington. If you are willing to receive them I will send to-morrow by steamer 1,500 to such point on the right bank of the river about Fort Anderson as may be designated. An early answer is desired.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., February 19, 1865.

General BRAGG, Wilmington, N. C.:

An agreement for the delivery of any and all prisoners at Wilmington is concluded. The prisoners in North Carolina will be forwarded. Duplicate lists of the deliveries should be taken with a receipt of the Federal officers upon it. The prisoners should be paroled. Colonel Ould will communicate with you. Officers are included.

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., February 19, 1865.

General BRAGG, Wilmington, N. C.:

Lieutenant-Colonel Hatch goes to superintend delivery of prisoners. All the North Carolina prisoners are for delivery there.

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., February 19, 1865.

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

All able-bodied prisoners, whether officer or not, are to be sent to Wilmington for delivery. Lieutenant-Colonel Hatch is en route to superintend.

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.