War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0701 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION AND CONFEDERATE.

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Lookout, Newport News, Hart's Island, Elmira, N. Y., Camp Chase, near Columbus, Ohio, Camp Morton, near Indianapolis, Ind., Camp Douglas, near Chicago, Ill., Rock Island, Ill., and the military prison at Alton, Ill., and the foces stationed at these several places as guards to the prisons may now be relieved.

There are now but 150 rebel officers confined at Johnson's Island, and if it is thought advisable they may be transferred to Fort Warren or Fort Delaware, by which arrangement the guard can be relieved and the island may be returned to its owner; but I would again respectfully suggest that, inasmuch there are extensive buildings and other works on that island belonging to the Government, the island be not given up until it is decided whether it will not be required for a naval depot, for which its situation in a commodious bay at the southern end of Lake Erie seems to fit it in an eminent degree.

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


Bvt. Brigadier General, U. S. Army, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

HILTON HEAD, July 7, 1865.

EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

I have received General Townsend's telegram of the 2d, conveying your rebuke for my alleged interference with the prisoners ordered by the Department to be confined and for assuming to set aside the orders of the Department. There is a grave mistake somewhere. I never received any orders to arrest Mr. Trenholm, nor any dispatch nor letter in which his name was mentioned, nor any reply to my telegram to the Adjutant-General of June 16 notifying him that I had made the arrest. I have never set aside your orders nor knowingly disregarded your wishes.




Elmira, N. Y., July 8, 1865.

Colonel J. R. LEVIS, Commanding Depot Prisoners of War:

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following inspection report of the condition of the prisoners of war at this station for the week ending July 8, 1865:

Conduct-good. Cleanliness-very good. Clothing-sufficient. Bedding-abundant. State of quarters-clean, well policed. State of mess-houses-very well policed. State of kitchen-remarkably neat and clean. Food, quality of-good. Food, quantity of-abundant. Water-sufficient. Sinks-in very good order. Police of grounds-very careful. Drainage-good. Police of hospital-excellent. Attendance of sick-excellent. Hospital diet-very good. General health of prisoners-much improved. Vigilance of guard-excellent.

Remarks and suggestions.-I respectfully call the commanding officer's attention to the greatly superior advantages of hospital buildings and grounds in prison camp to the cheerless and otherwise inappropriate character of buildings now in use for general hospital. The great beauty of the grounds and taste in arranging the flowers and walks in the prison camp would add to the invalid's pleasure and chances for