September 25, 1864-3 p. m.
The President some time ago authorized a regiment of prisoners of war at Rock Island to be enlisted into our service. He has written you a letter of explanation.* It was done without my knowledge and he desires his arrangement to be carried into effect. The question now arises how shall they be organized, officered, and assigned to duty? Shall they be formed into one regiment by companies as other troops, or assigned in companies or squads to other organizations? Please favor me with your views on the subject. The President's letter is forwarded you by mail.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
CITY POINT, VA., September 25, 1864-6.30 p. m.
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War, Washington:
Your dispatch in relation to the organization of troops from prisoners of war is just received. I would advise that they be placed all in one regiment, and be put on duty either with Pope, or sent to New Mexico.
U. S. GRANT,
SOUTH BEND, IND., September 26, 1864.
(Received 3 p. m.)
His Excellency PRESIDENT LINCOLN:
Fry's decision that drafted men skedaddling must be made up from Unionists who don"t run is terrible. How can Government justly hold skedaddlers as deserters and demand substitutes besides? I beg you to revoke it.
[SEPTEMBER 26, 1864.-For Brown to Stanton, in relation to postponement of draft in Missouri, see Series I, Vol. XLI, Part III, p. 378.]
[SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 4, 1864.-For correspondence between Sykes and Carney, in relation to calling out the militia of the border counties of Kansas, see Series I, Vol. XLI, Part III, pp. 398, 594, 622.]
WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., September 26, 1864.
Honorable E. B. WASHBURNE,
Washington, D. C.:
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt this day of your letter of the 25th instant, inclosing one addressed to you by Hon.
*See September 22, p. 740.