C. S. FLAG-OF-TRUCE STEAMER B. L. HODGE,
Red River Landing, La., May 19, 1865.
Captain WILLIAM H. STERLING,
Agent of Exchange, Military Division of West Mississippi:
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of yours of the 16th of May informing me that you have ready nearly 500 men to turn over at our next interview, to take place on the 25th instant. In reply I take pleasure to inform you that, in accordance with Major-General Canby's demand and your request, I will birng to our next interview the total number of Federal prisoners under my charge, about 1,800 officers and men. I may possibly de dayed a day or two beyond the appointed time, in consequence of having made an extra trip with the commisioners of General Grant to this department, and I respectfully request that you provide ample transportation for this unusually large number of U. S. prisoners, which I will have the satisfaction to restore to their colors and firesides.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Assistant Adjutant-General and Agent of Exchange.
[MAY 20, 1865.-For Stanton to Grant in regard to arrest of Governor Brown, of Georgia, see Series I, Vol. XLIX, Part II, p. 874.]
OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D. C., May 20, 1865.
Colonel CHARLES W. HILL, Commanding Johnson's Island, Ohio:
COLONEL: I have the honor to request, by direction of the Commissary-General of Prisoners, that Brigadier General William H. Young, a prisoner to war at Johnson's Island, may be informed that under the rules of the War Department his application for a parole cannot be favorably considered.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servan,
Major, Second Mass. Cav., Asst. to Com. General of Prisoners.
FORT MONROE, May 20, 1865-2.30 p. m.
(Received 2.40 p. m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:
Arrived at 1 o'clock. Prisons will not be ready before Monday.
H. W. HALLECK,
Washington City, May 20, 1865-4.37 p. m.
Major-General HALLECK, Fortress Monroe:
Your telegram received. The Navy Department will instruct Commodore Radford to furnish gun-boats as convoy for the prisoners ordered
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