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without being able to get any information whatever on the subject you may be sure is very trying to me. Had it not been for Captain Lazelle's kind tender of assistance I should have been almost hopeless. Believe me, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. R. ROSS, Formerly your subordinate at Newport Barracks.

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CLARKSVILLE, TENN., July 29, 1862. His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS, Richmond.

DEAR SIR: The bearer of this letter, Capt. Reuben R. Ross, is my neighbor and friend and was one of the prisoners taken at Fort Donel. son. Expects soon to be exchanged and wishes again to enter the service. He commanded the artillery at Fort Donelson and is invariably esteemed among his companions in the battle as one of the most brave and gallant men belonging to that army and did great and extraordinary service at his battery. I happened to meet Captain Dove, who commanded the Louisville, who complimented him in the strongest terms not only for his gallantry but for the accuracy and efficiency of the battery which he commanded, saying that every fire from his battery struck one of the enemy's vessels, and designating each vessel that had been struck and how often; his own vessel, the Louisville, over fifty times. This gallantry and good conduct makes his friends anxious that he should be gratified with some command worthy of his gallantry and good conduct. I write the wishes of every friend in this section. I have heard some rumors prejudicial to him from the affair at Fort Henry for which there is no reasonable ground and which he will explain if necessary. We earnestly hope that he may be suitably employed under the belief that he will be efficient and useful to our cause to which his whole heart has been long given, even before the commencement of hostilities. I may also add that he is a graduate of West Point. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,



HEADQUARTERS, Camp Chase, August 23, 1862. The foregoing is a correct copy of a paper purporting to be an origi. nal letter from C. Johnson, now in the possession of R. R. Ross, of prison No. 2, at this post, which I believe to be genuine.

C. W. B. ALLISON, Colonel, Commanding Post.


Columbus, Ohio, August 24, 1862. Col. C. W. B. ALLISON,

Commanding Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. COLONEL: The prisoners of war belonging to the Confederate Army now at Camp Chase will as soon as practicable be transferred via Cairo, Ill., to Vicksburg for exchange. They will be prepared to start at 6 o'clock on Tuesday morning and you will detail a guard to conduct them. The whole will be provided with two days' rations. You will have duplicate rolls prepared to be sent with the prisoners, which will embrace all present, all on parole and all who may be left behind sick or otherwise with appropriate remarks accounting for the absentees. You will see that these rolls are complete and accurately made up and you will put your certificate to this effect on the back of them. They will be placed in the hands of the officer in command of the guard who will deliver them and the prisoners on his arrival at Vicksburg to Capt. H. M. Lazelle, Eighth Infantry, agent for the delivery of prisoners of war, to whom he will report for further orders. You will also place in the hands of the commander of the guard all moneys belonging to prisoners that may be in your possession, with a certified account showing the amount due each individual, which money and receipt will be delivered to Captain Lazelle. You will instruct the commander of the guard to be very careful that none of his charge escape by the way and that they are not interfered with in any way at stopping places on the route. On his arrival at Cairo he will report to the commanding officer who will provide all things necessary for the movement beyond that point. The quartermaster in this city will furnish transportation to Cairo.

Those prisoners of war who do not wish to be exchanged and are willing to take the oath of allegiance to the United States will be detained at the camp and after the disposition of the others you will administer to them the oath of allegiance and discharge them. Duplicate rolls of all discharged will be prepared and certified to by yourself, one copy to be sent to the Adjutant-General at Washington and the other to the commissary.general of prisoners at Detroit. These prisoners will receive any money in your hands belonging to them. Those from the State of Tennessee will sign certain papers under the direction of Governor Johnson and will then be furnished with transportation to Nashville, Tenn. I will expect these instructions to be strictly carried out in every particular. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

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


Columbus, Ohio, August 21, 1862. Capt. R. BURR,

Assistant Quartermaster, U. S. Army, Columbus, Ohio. CAPTAIN: You will furnish transportation for the prisoners of warabout 1,200-at Camp Chase and a guard of one company to Cairo, Ill., by railroad. They will leave on Tuesday morning next at 6 o'clock. The prisoners belonging to Tennessee regiments who take the oath of allegiance will be discharged and for them you will provide transporta tion to Nashville, Tenn. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

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


Columbus, Ohio, August 24, 1862. Officers and others belonging to the Confederate Army on parole in this city wishing to be exchanged will report themselves to the commanding officer at Camp Chase to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock, from and after which their paroles are revoked. Those who wish to take the oath of allegiance to the United States and be released will report themselves to the undersigned at the American Hotel to morrow morning at the hour above named. All are required to take one course or the other. A failure to do so will be considered a breach of parole.

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

HEADQUARTERS, Camp Douglas, Chicago, August 24, 1862. Col. WILLIAM HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners, Detroit, Mich. COLONEL: I have received to-day 235 Confederate prisoners of war sent by brigadier-general commanding Department of Kansas from Fort Leavenworth. There are seven commissioned officers among them. In view of immediate exchange shall I send them on to Johnson's Island or retain them here? Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

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


Post Adjutant.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, August 25, 1862. Maj. Gen. JOHN E. WOOL, Baltimore:

A deplorable account has reached this Department of the confusion and disorder of the camp at Annapolis and of the neglect and suffering of both the paroled and the sick troops. The officer in command at that post seems to be both vicious and negligent.

P. H. WATSON, Assistant Secretary of War.


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Baltimore, August 25, 1862. The charges required to be preferred against persons guilty of disloyalty or treasonable practices as set forth in General Orders, No. 22, dated 10th of August, 1862, are to be submitted in writing and to be attested under oath by the person preferring them; and no such prisoner will be received for confinement by any provost-marshal, marshal of police or commandant of post unless accompanied by the charges above described or a copy of the same, a copy of which will also be transmitted to these headquarters for such orders in the case as may be deemed necessary.



HEADQUARTERS, Fort Monroe, Va., August 25, 1862. ROBERT OULD, Esq., Agent for Prisoners of War, Richmond.

SIR: In the absence of General L. Thomas I give notice that I will send to Aiken's Landing to-morrow so that they may reach there about

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4 o'clock in the afternoon about eighty prisoners of war whom I have ordered to be released on parole. Will you please have some one there who will receipt for them.

I have a letter from General Wadsworth, commanding the Military District of Washington, who says:

In the month of June I arrested General A. Rogers, of Londoun, Mr. Joshua C. Gun. nell, of Fairfax, and five other citizens, retaining them as hostages for T. Turner and his four sons, Wybort 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, whoreupon 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 avail myself of the opportunity of saying that I make it a rule to go every Sunday unless prevented by overruling necessity to Fort Wool, which is the receptacle in this department for political prisoners, for the purpose of inquiring personally into the cause of arrest in each case and of discharging the parties unless there is good reason for holding them in custody. I have to-day ordered all but four whose cases are of an aggravated character to be discharged on parole. A few weeks ago I released over 100 under the same circumstances and on the same condition,

I am advised by General Wadsworth that there are in the Old Capi. tol Prison at Washington 111 state prisoners against whom there are no cbarges which will prevent their exchange. He sends me the names of thirty-nine citizens known to be confined in Richmond and a list published in a New York paper of 241 confined at Salisbury. I have no authority to negotiate an exchange for these prisoners, but I think it not improper in anticipation of an early interview between General Thomas and yourself to call your attention to the subject and to sug. gest whether it would not be right to discharge on parole some of the citizens held by you in consideration of the large number discharged by me whose names I can furnish if desired. I am, very respectfully, yours,





SIR: I have sent Mr. A. Deslondes to you, a well-known gentleman of this State, who has been captured and held by me under his parole as one of the hostages for the safety of Mr. Burbank and other peace. able citizens of the United States who have been taken by your forces. He has been selected as a messenger because he has peculiar and personal interest in the questions presented by him, and goes under his solemn parole to return in any event.

Mr. Deslondes bears a copy of a letter from the brother of Mr. Burbank to me disclosing a course of treatment toward a citizen of the State of Louisiana that I can hardly conceive to be true. One purpose I have in sending this note is to ask you to certify to me officially what is the treatment accorded to Mr. Burbank, so that I may relieve the mind of the brother from what I shall believe until officially informed to the contrary must be an exaggeration, and I have also desired the official information so that I might be in condition to act understandingly upon this and like cases.

Mr. Deslondes is further desired to confer with you whether it is not possible that some arrangement be entered into by which the citizens who are quietly at home may be left unmolested. Of course this is a matter as regards numbers that may be arrested of much more importance to the forces which you command than it can be to me, yet it would seem to be desirable that some convention upon this subject might be had which would relieve the war of its pressure upon the noncoinbatants on both sides.

Mr. Deslondes is informally possessed of my views upon this topic, and he may be able to so far convey to me the views of the authorities upon your behalf as to make a basis of more formal action. I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

BENJ. F. BUTLER, Major General, Commanding.


New Creek, Va., August 25, 1862. L. THOMAS, Adjutant-General U. S. Army, Washington.

SIR: I am in arrest for not accounting to your department under order of July 20 last regarding the moneys of Camp Douglas. I never received such order; never knew of its existence until I saw it mentioned in the charges preferred. You may judge of my surprise and mortification to be put in arrest for disobedience of an order of which I never had any knowledge. There never was the day when I was not ready to account. I am at this moment. I stand ready to report for every dollar received and for every act performed since I entered the service of the Government.

I respectfully turn out of the routine of cases of like character and address you directly, convinced that if you are satisfied that your order never reached me then that you will not subject me to this treatment, but straightway release me, directing (to) me your order of July 20 which will be immediately obeyed. My character, sir, has never been sullied, and I am impatient of the undeserved reproach of this arrest-impatient to vindicate to you and your department that I am an honest man and an obedient soldier. I therefore respectfully demand an immediate trial or that the War Office upon the accounting shall vindicate me as publicly as it has wronged me. With great respect, your obedient servant,


Colonel, (First indorsement.]

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, October 14, 1862. The Secretary of War desires the General-in-Chief to examine this case and express his opinion as to what action should be taken.


Adjutant-General. [Second indorsement.]

OCTOBER 15, 1862. Papers are incomplete. No report can be made without all the papers referred to.



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