War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0275 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION AND CONFEDERATE.

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GOLDSBOROUGH, February 20, 1865.

General HOKE, Wilmington:

Unless the prisoners are in danger they should be retained. Our agent is now on his way from Richmond to deliver them, under an agreement with the Federal Government, and no doubt instructions from that Government are on the way.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

February 20, 1865.

General B. BRAGG;

Better forward the prisoners at once to their destination.

R. E. LEE.

RICHMOND, February 20, 1865.

General B. GRAGG:

Secretary of War orders all able-bodied prisoners to Wilmington for exchange.

W. M. GARNDER,

Brigadier-General.

RICHMOND, February 20, 1865.

Brigadier-General JOHNSON;

Secretary of War still directs prisoners be sent to Wilmington.

W. M. GARNDER,

Brigadier-General.

RICHMOND, February 20, 1865.

Brigadier-General JOHNSON:

The Secretary of War orders all prisoners to Wilmington. I repeat telegram sent yesterday:

Send all able-bodied prisoners of war, including officers, at Salisbury to Wilmington, to be delivered to the United States. All sick and Federal citizens will be sent to Richmond. Duplicate lists will be made and prisoners paroled. Lists forwarded with prisoners to Captain Hatch. Use large clerical force. First detachment might be sent without delay and lists made for the rest.

W. M. GARDNER,

Brigadier-General.

RALEIGH, February 20, 1865.

General BRAGG, Goldsborough:

Secretary of War telegraphs all officers and men to be exchanged.

T. H. HOLMES,

Lieutenant-General.

SALISBURY, February 20, 1865.

General BRAXTON BRAGG:

Judge Campbell and Brigadier-General Garnder ordered me on yesterday (19th) to send all able bodied prisoners, officers included, to