WAR DDEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, June 13, 1864.
Bvt. Brigadier General MARTIN BURKE, U. S. Army,
Commanding Fort Lafayette, New York Harbor:
(Through Headquarters Department of the East, New York City.)
SIR: In reply to the request of Messsrs. Mallory and Hill, dated the 7th instant, not to be confined spearately in Fort Lafayette, the Secretary of War directs me to say that he has no objection to their being in the same room, provided their safe custody iss insured and taht they have no communication with personss outsside.
I am, sir, &c.,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
[JUNE 13, 1865.-For order directing arresst of L. B. Northrop, see Series I, Vol. XLVI, Part III, p. 1276.]
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE JAMES,
Richmond, June 13, 1865.
Major-General SCHOFIELD, Raleigh:
You will arrest Colonel William Noris, late Confederate commissioner of exchange, and send him to provost-marshal at thiss place. He is supposed to have had money in hhis possession which belonged to our prisoners of war. This should be secured if posssible and an account sent here. Also send here all books and papers of Captain Morfit turned over or found there. The whole matter is being investigated by a commission.*
H. W.. HALLECK,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
New Orleans, La., June 14, 1865.
Major General E. A. HITCHCOCK,
Commissioner for the Exchange of Prisoners, Washington, D. C.:
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 5th instant elating to two colored boys who accompanied the Forty-second Masssachusetts Volunteers from Boston, were captured during the expedition to the Sabine River in the spring of 1864, and subsequently sold into slavery at Houston, Tex. In by stipulations for exchange with the insurgents west of the Mississippi I have always made it a rule to require that persons of this character should be regarded as prisoners of war, and I know of no individual cases in which this has been complied with. As Texas is now within the limits of General Shheridan'ss command, I have referred your communication for his action.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ED. R. S. CANBY,
*For correspondence relating to Colonel Norris not published in this series, see Series I, Vol. XLVII, Part III.