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[FEBRUARY 22 and 23, 1865.- For correspondence between Kilpatrick and Wheeler, relative to the murder of prisoners, see Series I, Vol. XLVII, Part I, pp. 860, 861.]

RICHMOND, February 22, 1865.

General B. BRAGG, Burgaw:

Do the U. S. authorities still refuse to receive the prisoners, not officers, at Wilmington? If so, should they not be taken off the cars at some interior point, that the trains may be used for other transportation?

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

[FEBRUARY 22, 1865.- For Campbell to Lee, relative to transportation of prisoners, see Series I, Vol. XLVII, Part II, p. 1246.]

[FEBRUARY 22, 1865.]

Lieutenant-Colonel HATCH, Goldsborough:

A personal interview with the Federal commander may accomplish something upon presentation of your credentials from both Governments.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

RICHMOND, February 22, 1865.

General BRAGG, Burgaw, N. C.:

Secretary of War informs me that General Grant is being urged to require a compliance with agreement on part of Federal authorities to exchange at Wilmington. He directs me to confer with you and not to bring them here unless it is impossible to receive them at Wilmington.

W. M. GARDNER,

Brigadier-General.

RICHMOND, February 22, 1865.

General B. T. JOHNSON:

General Grant has been informed of refusal of Federals at Wilmington to receive prisoners and has been urged to require it to be done according to agreement. General Bragg is also instructed by War Department to insist upon it. Don't send prisoners without further orders.

W. M. GARDNER,

Brigadier-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, February 22, 1865.

General BRAGG:

Will it be possible to deliver the Federal prisoners through your lines, or shall I return at once to Richmond? Please answer.

W. H. HATCH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Agent of Exchange.