RICHMOND, February 22, 1865.
General B. BRAGG:
It is very important that transportation on the North Carolina Railroad be devoted to supplies. If the prisoners cannot be received by the enemy at Wilmington I beg to be informed as early as possible, that no transportation may be expended unnecessarily.
A. R. LAWTON,
GOLDSBOROUGH, February 22, 1865.
Send no more prisoners except upon General Bragg's order. There is no possibility of exchange now, and I can't take care of them. Stop all at Salisbury coming this way.
L. S. BAKER,
GREENSBOROUGH, February 22, 1865.
All confusion here about prisoners and the points to which they will be sent, but send no more until you hear further from me.
Colonel, Commanding Prison.
WASHINGTON, February 23, 1865.
Naval prisoners have been orders from Forts Lafayette and Delaware for exchange. All prisoners who are or have been in irons or close confinement have been ordered forward for exchange. Shall i forward citizens for exchange?
Commissary-General of Prisoners.
CITY POINT, VA., February 23, 1865.
Brigadier General WILLIAM HOFFMAN, Washington:
You may send forward all citizen prisoners whose homes are within the rebel lines and who are not awaiting trial on grave charges, or who are not undergoing sentence. After this is done send me a list of citizen prisoners still held and the charges upon which they are retained.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
February 23, 1865.
There are confined in the South a class of prisoners not included in the arrangement for exchange of merchant-service men made last week, being persons who have been taken on rivers and bays engaged in marine pursuits on private account - such as freighters, oyster men, and sutler vessels, including officers, crews, and in some cases passengers.