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this department. Upon invitation of Major-General Thomas, have sent Colonel Watts, agent of exchange, to Iuka, Miss., to complete details for the exchange thus proposed. You will send this to Major-General Granger per flag of truce for his information.

By command of Lieutenant-General Taylor:

W. F. BULLOCK, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DABNEY H. MAURY,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE GULF,

Mobile, Ala., March 4, 1865.

Major-General GRANGER,

Commanding U. S. Forces, Fort Gaines, Ala.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that I have received orders from the War Department to deliver to the U. S. commander in Mobile Bay 1,500 bales cotton, to be applied toward the relief of the C. S. prisoners of war now in the hands of the U. S. authorities.

Please inform me at what time and place you will receive the above-stated cotton, as it is now ready for delivery.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DABNEY H. MAURY,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 53. Richmond, March 4, 1865.

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XXVIII. The following exchange notice is published for the information of the Army:

All Confederate officers and men who were delivered at Savannah or Charleston during the months of November and December last are hereby declared to be exchanged. All Confederate officers and men who were delivered in James River, Va., at any time before the 1st of March, 1865, are hereby declared to be exchanged.

XXIX. All furloughs granted under Special Orders, Numbers 46, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, current series, to enlisted men who are above declared exchagned are hereby revoked, and all enlisted men who are exchanged will at once reprot for duty, those whose commands are beyond the North Carolina line selecting companies temporarily, in accordance with special orders above referred to. Commissioned officers exchagned will report to their respective commands without delay.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, March 4, 1865.

ROBERT OULD, Esq., Agent of Exchange:

SIR: It has come to my knowledge that many of our soldiers who hae been held as prisoners of war for short periods have been