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been assured were Union men. Some prisoners have been arrested and sent to prison for special purposes of public interest for temporary

continement until the object was accomplished deemed for public good, · but such prisoners are still held in confinement. I have no control of

prisoners after they enter Camp Chase. For some reason this control of the prisoners is withheld from me. I send copy of letter of instructions which has always been sent to every provost-marshal in the State to guard against improper arrests. I have no doubt, however, that they are occasionally made with all the precaution used by me.

There are many so-called Union men in Kentucky who still cling to a hope of reconciliation and believe in a policy of leniency. I believe in subjugation-complete subjugation by hard and vigorous dealing with traitors and treason. Any other policy I beg to say in my opinion will be ruinous to us in Kentucky. The lukewarm Union men only complain of arrests. I am prepared to adopt any policy the President or you, Mr. Secretary, may indicate to suppress this rebellion. The duties and responsibilities of the position are so great and the labors so arduous with the few officers allowed on my staff hat I have felt compelled to appoint Lieut. Col. Henry Dent provost-marshal-general for Kentucky, who has charge of this whole subject under my direction. He is a sensible, prudent and discreet officer, and I feel assured he will as far as practicable provide against the evil complained of. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. T. BOYLE, Brigadier-General, Commanding.


Louisville, August , 1862. Extract from written instructions sent to provost-marshals when appointed :

You are ordered to make no arrests except for grave and serious charges where proof is clear. Expenses of guards and transportation will not be paid unless the same be ordered from these headquarters. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN BOYLE, Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.


Washington, August 21, 1862. Brigadier General WADSWORTH, Military Governor, &c.

c GENERAL: By direction of the Secretary of War I send an officer of the rebel army, Maj. Norman R. Fitz Hugh, to be contined in the Old Capitol until further orders. I am, sir, &c.,

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General.


Arrived last evening and had interviews with Governors Morton and Campbell and Colonel Hoffman. Everything going on well. The prisoners of war will be rapidly sent forward via Cairo—some 16,000. I find it necessary to visit Saint Louis and shall leave this evening after visiting Camp Morton. Indiana is rapidly throwing troops into Kentucky. Already 11,000 of her quota have left the State.



Commissary-General of Prisoners, Indianapolis, Ind. COLONEL: Capt. H. M. Lazelle, Eighth Regiment of Infantry, is hereby appointed agent for the delivery of prisoners of war at or near Vicksburg, Miss., subject to future exchange. He will meet an agent of the Confederate States whose name I will furnish you on my return to Washington. Please give the captain the necessary instructions. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Adjutant General.


Chattanooga, Tenn., August 21, 1862. Maj. Gen. D. C. BUELL, Commanding U. 8. Forces, &c.

GENERAL: I bave to bring to your notice the following: I have evidence which convinces me that a few days after Captain Brewster, of our service, bad surprised and taken some men of your forces a detachment of U. S. troops under a Colonel Stewart, of Indiana volunteers, captured a Georgian of Brigadier-General Forrest's command and subsequently shot him while a prisoner because the detachment meantime had been fired into. Three days subsequent to this act another detachment of the same regiment (possibly under another commander) captured another private of Forrest's command who had been left sick at the house of one Brown, near Hill's Creek, Warren County, Tenn. This man was also taken out and shot, according to the confession of the commanding officer. I am also obliged to believe that a man by the name of Tongue, a member of the C. S. First Regiment Kentucky Cav. alry, was taken prisoner and afterwards put to death at or in the vicinity of the house of one Israel Hill in the same county. For these atrocious acts no measures of a retaliatory character have been ordered by the commander of the Confederate forces in this quarter, he being assured from your past conduct that if you are duly informed of the facts you will take prompt and efficacious measures to track up and summarily punish those responsible for acts so contrary to all the obligations of humanity, and he feels it needless to point out to you the inevitable consequences that must ensue from a repetition of such sanguinary violations of the rules of war.

It becomes my duty also to ask your attention to another matter. An order of yours, No. 41, dated in camp near Huntsville, Ala., August 8, which has appeared to-day in our newspapers prescribes a course for the officers of your command which I respectfully submit to be in direct coutlict with the third paragraph under Article 5 of the cartel arranged on July 22 between Maj. Gen. J. A. Dix, U. S. Army, and Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill, C. S. Army, in behalf of their respective Governments, and by virtue of which “all prisoners of whatever arm of service are to be exchanged or paroled in ten days from the time of their capture if it be practicable," &c. This plainly makes it the duty of the capturing party to parole, and assuredly the execution of your order must nullify that agreement and in a short while lead to consequences of a dual character which it is thought you can scarcely desire shall characterize the war on this border. Respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAM. JONES, Major-General, Commanding.


August 21, 1862. Mrs. LUCY L. TEMPLE, Fredericksburg, Va.

MADAM: Your application for the release of your husband, Benjamin Temple, having been referred to the general commanding the Military District of Washington he has directed me to inform you that he can. not be released until exchanged for one of the Union prisoners now confined by the authorities at Richmond. I am, madam, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.


Indianapolis, August 21, 1862. Col. P. KINNEY, Fifty-sixth Ohio Volunteers, Columbus, Ohio.

COLONEL: I shall return to Sandusky in a day or two when Colonel Quarles will be released on parole to be exchanged for you. The exchange will not be perfected till General Thomas returns to Washiington and then he will notify you of the fact. If you leave Columbus send him your address. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN, Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

HEADQUARTERS, Camp Douglas, Chicago, August 21, 1862. Col. WILLIAM HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners, Detroit, Mich. COLONEL: When the prisoners of this camp leave for exchange will the balances in my bands be paid to them in cash and it so in what description of money? If possible I would like to be apprised of the probable time when the prisoners will be ordered away, as it will require some preparation to enable me to settle their accounts promptly. and accurately. There should be no orders certified for at least three days before the period fixed for their departure. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOSEPH H. TUCKER, Colonel Sixty-ninth Illinois Volunteers, Commaniling Post.

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WHEELING, VA., August 21, (1862.] Hon. F. H. PEIRPOINT, Governor of Virginia.

Sir: I have personally examined this morning twenty-seven prisoners from Ritchie and Tyler Counties. They all declare their intention to have been to avoid the draft and declare themselves determinedly as Southern-rights men. Those who do not acknowledge their resolution to have been to join the bel army do not hesitate to say they would fight for the Confederacy if they fought at all. Under these circumstances with your approval I propose to send them to Camp Chase. I will examine others to-day and report further. Very respectfully,

JOS. DARR, JR., Provost-Murshal-General of Virginia,


Wheeling, l'a., August 21, (1862.] Hon. DAVID TOD, Governor of Ohio.

SIR: The sworn evidence against all political prisoners sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, is on file in my office and it is the desire of Governor Peirpoint that none be released without his sanction directly or through me. I requested Colonel Hoffman, commissary-general of prisoners, to order by telegraph the release of W. L. Goshorn, of this city, on oath and bond. Mr. Goshorn was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, for refusing at first to take the oath. He is now willing to do so, &c. He is a brotherin-law of Brigadier-General Kelley. I mention this case as I understood Goshorn to write home that some one besides Colonel Hoffman had control of his case. Very respectfully,

JOS. DARR, JR.. Major and Provost- Marshal-General of Virginia.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, August 22, 1862. Governor Tod, Columbus, Ohio:

The following order has been made and will be transmitted by to-morrow's mail with instructions. In the meantime Judge Hitchcock may proceed in his duties:

WAR DEPARTMENT, August 14, 1862. Ordered, That the Hon. Reuben Hitchcock be and he is hereby appointed a special commissioner to investigate and report upon the cases of all state prisoners in custody at Camp Chase.


Secretary of Tar, There will be no objection to the discharge of any person whose discharge you may recommend unless there should be objection by the local authorities of the State to which the prisoner belongs. The Presi. dent thinks that the State Governors should be consulted after the commissioner's report is made and their objections heard before final discharge.


Secretary of War,

SAINT PAUL, MINN., August 22. 1862. E. M. STANTON:

The Third Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers is on parole at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis. We need a well-drilled force of which we are now utterly destitute to resist the overwhelming force of Indians now attacking our frontier settlements. Cannot you order the Third Regiment to report at once to me, with arms and ammunition, of which we are in great need? This service would not be a violation of their parole.

a The exigency is pressing. Reply immediately.



August 22, 1862. Major-General Dix.

GENERAL: I am advised that you are about to communicate with the authorities at Richmond by flag of truce and have the honor to send to you a list of prisoners held as hostages for the Union citizens held by the authorities at Richmond. I inclose to you likewise a list of the prisoners held at Richmond who are known to me or represented on what I deem to be good authority as held simply because they are Unionists and not ander any charge of crime or violation of law. I send you likewise a copy of Tribune containing a list of Union prisoners

a said to be in prison at Salisbury, N. C.

I beg leave likewise to call your attention to the following stateinent of facts: In the month of June I arrested General A. Rogers, of Loudoun, Mr. Joshua C. Gunnell, of Fairfax, and five other citizens, advising them that I held them as hostages for T. Turner and his four sons, Wybert and Peacock.

On the 15th day of July General Rogers brought me a copy of an order from Mr. Randolph, Secretary of War, for the release of these men, whereupon I at once released General Rogers, Mr. Gunnell and five others. The parties ordered to be released by Mr. Randolph have not yet reached home and I understand are still in prison at Salisbury. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Brigadier-General. [Inclosure.)

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT. The following is a list of prisoners' names sent to General Dix with letter No. 514. The persons asked by the rebels for the first three named were Richard Washington, R. E. De Atley and Rufus King.

John Evans, Fredericksburg, Va.; A. Van Dorn, Falmouth, Va.; Burnham Wardwell, W. Fay, J. T. Pritchard, Richmond, Va.; Charles Williains, Fredericksburg, Va.; John Light, Thomas Morrison, M. Morrison, Spotsylvania County, Va.; Julius Visser, Washington, D. C.; George Bayless, Fairfax County, Va.; Peter Couse, Spotsylvania County, Va.; William Smith, Emanuel Rouse, Isaac Slater, Armstead Magaha, John Gross, Loudoun County, Va.; J.W.Wightman, Oliver L. Miller, W. H. Smith, W. E. Gosling, John Beltzhoover, John Bryant, Legrand Hart, Thomas G. Smythe, Isaac Brown, Thomas McCombs, John Haney, taken at Savage Station, Va.; Henry Dane, Joseph Chamberlain, L. Dowell, John Dowell, A. Doughty, G. Doughty, J. W. Wal


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