The letter of which above is copy was received Adjutant-General's Office June 17, 1865, and submited to the Secretary of War, who directed me to transmit it to Attorney-General with letter below:
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
June 17, 1865.
Honorable JAMES SPEED, Attorney-General:
SIR: by direction of the Secretary of War I have the honor to transmit herewith a letter from Jefferson Davis to Mr. Charles O'Connor, of New York, to be forwarded or otherwise disposed of as you deem proper.
I am, &c.,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,
Hilton Head, S. C., June 16, 1865.
Brigadier General WILLIAM HOFFMAN,
Commissary-General of Prisoners, Washington, D. C.:
GENERAL: Original rolls of the paroled Union prisoners received from Confederate auhorities near Baldwin, Fla., were forwarded to you by mail May 12, 1865.
If man of the Seventy-fifth Ohio, One hundred and seventh Ohio, and Seventeenth Connecticut remained behind they did so by deserting either from camp or hospital. They will be forwarded at once.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Q. A. GILLMORE,
CIRCULAR.] OFFICE COMMISSSASRY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D. C., June 17, 1865.
Purssuant to instructions from Lieutenant-General Grant, commander in-chief, you will immediately release, on their taking the oath of allegiance, all citizen prisoners in your custody who have no charges against them, or against whom there are no serious charges upon which they may be immediately brought to trial. Doubtful cases will be referred tot his office. Rolls of thosse releaed under the order will be immediately forwarded to this office; also rolls of those retained after the execution of the order.
Bvt. Brigadier General, U. S. Army, Commissary-General of Prisoners.
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE JAMES,
Richmond, Va., June 17, 1865.
Brevet Brigadier-General HOFFMAN,
Commissary-General of Prisoners, Washington:
Much complaint is made that prisoners have nothing to eat from Point Lookout to Richmond for thirty-six ti forty-eight hours; no care of the sick, and that they are landedd without notice to military authorities here. Rations for the voyage should be given at Point Lookout, and the sick should not be putshore at Rocketts till ambulances and stretchers are ready to take the sick to hospitals.
H. W. HALLECK,