POST HOSPITAL, Fort Monroe, VA., April 10, 1866.
Major General NELSON A. MILES,
Commanding District of Fort Monroe, Fort Monroe, Va.:
SIR: I would report that state prisoner Jefferson Davis is in his usual health. He complains of nothing save muscular weakness, nervous irritability, and partial insomnolency.
C. C. Clay, jr., is improving in health though he has had diarrhea for the last three days.
Your obedient servant,
GEO. E. COOPER,
Surgeon, U. S. Army.
OFFICE OHIO PENITENTIARY,
Columbus, Ohio, April 12, 1866.
General E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.:
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, dated War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, April 10, 1866, ordering the discharge from custody of William A. Bowles, Lambdin P. Milligan, and Stephen Horsey, confined to the Columbus penitentiary for life, &c., and to inform you that Lambdin P. Milligan was taken from my custody on a writ of habeas corpus at 3 o'clock p. m. Tuesday, April 10th, instant, and discharged; that at 5 o'clock p. m. of that day, upon the receipt of your order by telegraph to discharge said L. P. Milligan, William A. Bowles, and Stephen Horsey, Bowles and Horsey were also released from confinement.*
I am, general, very respectfully,
JOHN A. PRENTICE,
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, April 13, 1866.
Major General P. H. SHERIDAN, U. S. Army,
Commanding Military Division of the Gulf, New Orleans, La.:
SIR: The President of the United States directs that Dr. William M. Gwin, now confined at Fort Jackson, La., be released from custody on his giving his parole in writing to leave the United States and not to return without leave from the President. Report receipt and execution of this order.
By order of the President of the United States:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
* The case of ex parte Milligan and two similar cases (those of Bowles and Horsey) were taken to the Supreme Court of the United States upon a certificate of division unlawful imprisonment, and were decided April 3, 1863 (3 Wallace, 776). The opinion of the court was handed down December 17, 1866 (4 Wallace, 2).
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