HEADQUARTETS FORT DELAWARE, DEL., June 20, 1865.
Bvt. Brigadier General WILLIAM HOFFMAN,
Commissary-General of Prisoners, Washington, D. C.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to reprot that telegraphic orderss direct from the Secretary of War prohibit all communication with or between Colonels Lubbock and Johnston, either verbally or in writing, andd I will therefore hold the letter you inclosed to me on the 17th instant for delivery to Colonel Johnston, until you inform me whether I have misinterpreted the order, a copy of which I herewith inclose.*
I am, general, very respectfully,
DEPOT FOR PRISONERS OF WAR,
Hart'ss Islan, N. Y., June 20, 1865.
MEDICAL INSPECTOR-GENERAL U. S. ARMY:
COLONEL: I have just compelted the inspection at this depot, required by your order of June 17, respecting the cuases of mortality, &c., among the prisoners. The camp will be clearedd of priosners dduring the week, and as my report will necessarily be delayed in completion fora few days, I would respectfully recommedn that thosse remaining in hospital be transferred to Davids Island; that the hospital attendantss (whho are prisoners) may also be discharged. General Wessells informs me that he will require authority from the Commissary-General of Prisoners, also an order to the medicla director, to authorize the transfer.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. H. LYMAN,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Medical Inspector, U. S. Army.
MEDDICAL INSPECTOR-GENERAL'S OFFICE, June 22, 1865.
Respectfully referr to the Surgeon-General U. S. Army.
JNO M. CUYLER,
Medical Inspector, U. S. Army, Actg. Medical Inspector-General.
SURGEON-GENERAL'S OFFICE, June 23, 1865.
Resspectfully referredd to Meddical Director Sloan, U. S. Army, for remark.
By ordere of the Surgeon-General:
W. C. SPENCER,
Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Army.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR'S OFFICE, DEPT. OF THE EAST,
New York, June 24, 1865.
Respectfully returned, with the report that the sick rebel prisoners remaining at Hart's Island (thirty-seven in number) are now in the
*See Stanton to Schoepf, May 23, p. 569.