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RALEIGH, February 26, 1865.

General BRAGG:

I leave here with 600 prisoners. Now, it is impossible to get transportation sufficient unless travel and freight are suspended. Prisoners are demanding that their paroles be given up.

E. GRISWOLD,

Major, Commanding Prisoners.

FEBRUARY 26, 1865.

Lieutenant-General HOLMES,

Major E. GRISWOLD,

In Charge of Prisoners, Raleigh:

Colonel Hatch controls movements of prisoners and will give necessary instructions.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

FEBRUARY 26, 1865.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF WAR:

Please have an officer sent to ascertain and report condition of returned prisoners in regard to subsistence, pay, transportation, &c., the progress made in executing orders touching their furloughs, and what is done for their shelter, &c. There is so much complaint from Congressmen, Legislatures, and other sources (no doubt exaggerated) that it may become necessary to answer them. I would like to have the report this evening if possible.

J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

P. S. - An officer has been sent, through directions given to secretary of the bureau, to look after complaints about sick and wounded between here and Varina.

J. C. B.

FEBRUARY 26, 1865.

Lieutenant-General EWELL, Commanding:

Have special attention directed to the condition of our prisoners lately returned from the United States. Have an inspection and report.

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.

FEBRUARY 26, 1865.

Brigadier-General GARDNER, Commanding:

The Department is informed that prisoners that have lately arrived are sick and in the most wretched condition. Have a special examination and report of their condition, and ascertain, as far as practicable, how they happen to be in such a condition.

If need be, call upon the Adjutant-General for an intelligent inspecting officer. Have relief granted to them and as much consideration shown as is practicable.

By order:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Secretary of War.