War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0276 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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Wilmington for exchange. Colonel Hatch is on his way there. Please telegraph Sumner and change orders accordingly.

BRADLEY T. JOHNSON,

Brigadier-General.

WILMINGTON, February 20, 1865.

J. A. CAMPBELL, Assistant Secretary of War:

The enemy have not answered my communication about the exchange of prisoners.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

WILMINGTON, February 20, 1865.

Judge CAMPBELL, Assistant Secretary of War:

Will attend to prisoners as soon as enemy agree to receive them.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

WILMINGTON, February 20, 1865.

General B. T. JOHNSON:

Send no prisoners here. Enemy refuse to receive them.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

WILMINGTON, February 20, 1865.

Brigadier General L. S. BAKER, Goldsborough:

Let no prisoners come here. The enemy refuse to receive them, and I send those here to Goldsborough. Two thousand leave this evening.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

FORKS ROAD, February 20, 1865.

Major PARKER, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy declines having anything to do with the Yankee prisoners. You must send them away from Wilmington.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

CHARLOTTE, February 20, 1865.

Brigadier General B. T. JOHNSON:

I respectfully advise that you march the prisoners to be exchanged to Greensborough and not wait for transportation.

WM. J. HOKE,

Colonel, Commanding.

FLORENCE, [February] 20, 1865.

General BRAGG:

The railroad authorities refuse sending trains with Federal prisoners to Wilmington. If they cannot be so sent, they must fall into the hands of the enemy.

J. H. WILLIAMS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Post.