War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0906 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., May 8, 1866.

General T. T. ECKERT, Acting Assistant Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to forward the inclosed notice and respectfully request that directions may be given for its publication in a few of the leading newspapers in the Northern States.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. A. HITCHCOCK,

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

[Indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 9, 1866.

Approved and referred to Mr. Oliver Gibbs, War Department, who is directed to furnish the list of papers to the Commissary-General of Prisoners.

By order of the Secretary of War:

THOS. T. ECKERT,

Acting Assistant Secretary of War.

[Inclosure.]

NOTICE.] OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Washington, D. C., May 8, 1866.

A sufficient length of time having elapsed for the presentation of claims against the fund under the charge of this office (moneys recovered from the rebel authorities taken from U. S. soldiers while held as prisoners war), no claims presented after this date will be considered. A pro rata distribution of the fund will be made on the claims now on file in this office on satisfactory proof of the identity of the claimant and the authenticity of the claim being presented.

By order of Major General E. A. Hitchcock, Commissary-General of Prisoners:

W. T. HARTZ,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE,

Fort Monroe, Va., May 8, 1866.

General E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report state prisoner Jefferson Davis to be comfortable as usual to-day, except physical make-up. On recommendation of the surgeon that he should have additional exercise in the open air it has been granted him and it appears to be improving his strength. If asking him about his health every day his answers are, "As well as usual," "Very comfortable," or words to that effect.

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

NELSON A. MILES,

Major-General of Volunteers.

EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, D. C., May 9, 1866.

The SECRETARY OF WAR:

Will the Secretary of War please direct Surgeon Cooper to submit an early report respecting the health of Jefferson Davis, now in confinement at Fortress Monroe?

ANDREW JOHNSON.