War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0886 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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[Inclosure.]

FORT MONROE, VA., February 28, 1866.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Military District of Fort Monroe, Fort Monroe, Va.:

SIR: I have the honor to report that the health of state prisoner Jefferson Davis is good - better than at any time previous during my service at this post.

State prisoners C. C. Clay is in usual health, but somewhat troubled by nervous excitement and inability to sleep well. His asthmatic attacks are not as severe as they were some weeks since.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. E. COOPER,

Surgeon, U. S. Army.

WASHINGTON, D. C., March 2, 1866.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

SIR: I have in my charge a number of packages of money containing in all $5,847.75 received from the rebels and belonging to soldiers of the U. S. Army, the same having been turned over to this office by General Mulford, U. S. agent for exchange. The sum consists of every species of bank bills. I have also a number of unindorsed drafts, which of course are worthless.

I would respectfully recommend that the portion of the money represented by bills of various banks, and which are constantly undergoing depreciation, be converted into currency of the United States through the agency of the cashier of the National Bank of the Republic, which is a public depositary and where I have placed the funds on special deposit.

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

E. A. HITCHCOCK,

Major-General, U. S. Vols., Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 3, 1866.

Mr. CHARLES BRADLEY,

Cashier of the National Bank of the Republic, Washington, D. C.:

SIR: I have the honor to request that the &5,847.75 in Northern and Southern State bank bills on special deposit from this office in the National Bank of the Republic may be converted into currency of the United States. It is requested that the several packages marked to individuals may be converted separately and the amounts accruing from the exchange be credited (on a list to be furnished by you to this office) to the parties to whom they belong. The amount received from the exchange will be deposited subject to draft from this office.

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

E. A. HITCHCOCK,

Major-General, U. S. Vols., Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., March 5, 1866.

CHRISTIAN, LEA & CO., Richmond, Va.:

GENTLEMAN: On the 29th of January I had the honor of addressing a letter to you, by direction of the Commissary-General of prisoners, in