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WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, November 10, 1862. Brigadier-General WINDER, Commanding, &c.
GENERAL: The report of Lieutenant Talley and the orders respecting it cannot be submitted to the commissioner of the United States for any discussion. The paper is simply a record of our own actions and not as a basis for any stipulation. There is no objection to Mr. Ould's being informed of the extent to which we shall discharge the persons in confinement and to claim that there may be corresponding liberality; but beyond this, as before stated, the paper is a domestic paper not intended for the eye of the enemy. By order of the Secretary of War:
J. A. CAMPBELL, Assistant Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS EXCHANGED PRISONERS,
Jackson, Miss., November 10, 1862. Maj. J. R. WADDY,
Assistant Adjutant. General, Jackson, Miss. MAJOR: Yesterday I submitted to General Pemberton the question whether or not I acted properly in sending back to his regiment George Hughes, who was made a prisoner by the Federal forces at Saint Louis, Mo., previous to his having become a soldier, and afterwards came South and joined our army, and came a day or two ago to be received into the camp of paroled prisoners. Since forwarding a communication from the major of his regiment there has arisen the question whether the parole of a citizen who has not yet joined the army is to be considered binding so as to prevent him from entering the service? It becomes necessary also to decide what course shall be taken with a soldier who when taken prisoner took an oath of allegiance to the United States and returned home with a certified copy of it. The decision of these questions by General Pemberton will relieve me of some embarrassment. Very respectfully,
JOHN GREGG, Brigadier General, Provisional Army, C. S.
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, Norember 10, 1862.
. liam W.] Lowe (Fifth lowa Cavalry) and Col. A. C. Harding, Eighth (Eighty-third] Illinois Regiment, U. S. Army, have been engaged in a series of wanton cruelties and depredations in Clarksville, Tenn., and the surrounding counties, which in many instances have resulted in the arrest, incarceration and maltreatment of non-combatants and peaceful citizens of the Confederate States, and in others in the unjustifiable destruction of private property without compensation and contrary to the rules and practice of civilized warfare; therefore it is ordered that the aforesaid Col. [William W.] Lowe (Fifth Iowa Cavalry and Col. A. C. Harding, Eighth (Eighty-third] Illinois Volunteers, V. S. Army, be and they are hereby declared no longer entitled to be
regarded as soldiers and that they have forfeited all claim to the benefits of the cartel existing between the Governments of the Confederate States and the United States for the exchange of prisoners of war; and further, in the event of their capture they shall be kept in close confinement and treated as felons until otherwise ordered by the President of the Confederate States.
JII. And whereas, other officers of the U. S. Army yet unknown to the Confederate Government are represented and believed to have participated in the wrongs and outrages before referred to; therefore it is also ordered, that the provisions of the first paragraph of this order shall be applicable to any other officers of the Federal army in the State of Tennessee upon proof of their guilt deemed satisfactory by the commanding officer of the department in which they may be captured and held.
IV. And whereas, Maj. Gen. John Pope has been removed from the Federal army operating in Virginia and the obnoxious order (No. 11) of July 23, 1862, issued by him, has been stated by the U.S. authorities to be inoperative and without effect; therefore it is ordered, that so much of General Orders, No. 54, of August 1, 1862, from the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, as applies to the said MajorGeneral Pope and the officers serving under him in Virginia be, and is hereby, rescinded. By order:
S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General.
RICHMOND, November 12, 1862. Brig. Gen. JOHN GREGG, Jackson, Miss.:
Send the paroled Virginia prisoners to the camp here if their regiments are in the Eastern armies.
G. W. RANDOLPH,
Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, Va., November 12, 1862. Maj. Gen. S. G. FRENCH, Commanding, Petersburg, Va.:
Major Ould, the commissioner for the exchange of prisoners, has just informed me that the point for delivering paroled and exchanged prisoners is changed from Varina Landing to City Point. Make your dispositions to receive returned prisoners there on Saturday next, and provide a camp for them in the vicinity of Petersburg until they are exchanged and ordered to their regiments.
G. W. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, November 12, 1862. Maj. Gen. S. G. FRENCH, Commanding, &c., Petersburg, Va.
GENERAL: * I sent you a telegram to-day informing you that the place for delivering paroled prisoners was changed to City Point and directed the adjutant-general, Major Melton, to send a letter of instructions. The commissioner, Major Ould, will go over to-morrow,
and I send an officer of my staff to confer with your officers in
your absence and endeavor to assist in making the necessary arrangements.
Respectfully and truly, yours,
G. W. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, Va., November 12, 1862. Maj. Gen. S. G. FRENCH,
Comdg. Department of North Carolina, Petersburg, Va. GENERAL: A dispatch was sent you this morning informing you that the point for landing paroled prisoners of war had been changed from Aiken's to City Point. The major-general commanding directs me to say that he desires you to take measures without delay to provide for the reception of the prisoners at the Point as soon as possible. It will be necessary to construct a wharf at the landing. Meautime some other expedient must be used for that purpose, as the first boat will probably arrive on Saturday. Inasmuch as these boats arrive without notice it will be necessary to establish a camp at the Point for their accommoda. tion until cars can be sent to convey them to Petersburg with an officer, to be empowered by Mr. Ould to receipt for the prisoners, and with authority to control the camp, with a surgeon and medical stores and a depot of commissary and quartermaster's stores. A large proportion of the prisoners will arrive sick or wounded, so that houses at or near the Point should be procured for their shelter. The guard furnished should number at least seventy-five men, that number being necessary to prevent the prisoners from straggling into the country. The major general commanding directs that a camp be also established in the vicinity of Petersburg with a competent officer in command to which the paroled prisoners will be removed as soon as possible after they have landed and provided for and securely guarded until they are exchanged. The camp of paroled prisoners at this point has given more annoyance and trouble than any other of the many charges upon the command in Richmond, and you will be fortunate and deserve unusually if you sacceed where we have well-nigh failed in managing it satisfactorily. The men arrive full of the idea of deserving unusual privileges because of their capture and will at once besiege your officer for furlough, plead ing the unusual merit of their position, and upon being refused, as they must be in every instance except when furnishing a certificate of disa bility, they become exceedingly unruly, mutinous and ditficult of management. You will find it necessary to employ a large guard, therefore, and forbid their entering the town except in limited numbers daily. The prisoners who are sick or wounded should be provided for in a hospital, which should be set apart for that purpose, properly guarded. It may now and then occur that a prisoner will bring an infectious or contagious disease into our lines, and provisions must be made to guard against and dispose of such cases promptly. Mr. Ould, the commissioner, will visit Petersburg and the Point to morrow. Whatever may be necessary for his own and the accommodation of the Federal com missioner the major-general commanding desires you to provide promptly, and whatever suggestions and recommendations Mr. Quld may have to make he wishes to entertain favorably. Your prompt, earnest and most diligent attention to this matter the major-general commanding directs me to ask, suggesting, in the interest of humanity
as well as of the service, that every energy possible should be exerted to perfect the necessary arrangements at the earliest moment. It is to be regretted that earlier notice could not be given of this change. The major-general commanding trusts, however, that, acting upon the intimation given you some time since of the proposed change, you are not entirely unprepared for it. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
SAM. W. MELTON, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. FIRST ARMY CORPS, November 12, 1862.
Notice is hereby given that all prisoners captured and paroled in Virginia and Maryland before November 1 are exchanged, as are all delivered at Aiken's Bluff up to November 11. Such of these classes as are present with their commands will at once return to duty, and commanders will take steps to cause the return of those that may be absent awaiting exchange. By command of Lieutenant-General Longstreet:
G. M. SORREL, Assistant Adjutant-General.
GENERAL ORDERS, ? ADJT, AND INSP, GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, November 12, 1862. I. The following notice of the officers and men who have been duly exchanged as prisoners of war is published for the information of all concerned : EXCHANGE NOTICE, No. 3.]
RICHMOND, VA., November 11, 1862. 1. All Confederate officers and men who have been captured and paroled in Virginia or Maryland at any time from the beginning of hostilities to the 1st of November, 1862, have been duly exchanged and are hereby so declared.
2. All Confederate officers and men who have been delivered at Aiken's Landing, on James River, at any time previous to the 11th of November, 1862, have been duly exchanged and are hereby so declared.
3. All Confederate officers and men who have been delivered at Vicksbury, Miss., previous to the 1st of November, 1862, and including said date, have been dulý exchanged and are hereby so declared.
Agent for Exchange. II. All officers and men who have been duly exchanged as prisoners of war will without delay join their respective regiments and corps. By order of
S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General.
RICHMOND, November 13, 1862. General PEMBERTON:
All Confederate officers and men who have been delivered at Vicksburg up to November 1, including that date, are exchanged.
S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General.
HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, Va., November 13, 1862. Maj. Gen. S. G. FRENCH,
Comdg. Department of North Carolina, Petersburg, Va. GENERAL: I sent you a telegram yesterday the moment Major Ould informed me that the point for delivering paroled prisoners had been changed to City Point. Anticipating that there might be some delay or misapprehension on account of your absence I sent over an officer of my staff with instructions to confer with and assist in preparing for the reception of prisoners on Saturday next with directions to see that everything was done that could be to enable us to receive and take proper care of the prisoners that may arrive on Saturday. From a letter received from him to-day it is fortunate that he went over. I hope that on your return you will be enabled to make such permanent arrangements as will enable you to accommodate and take care of all paroled prisoners who may arrive. Smallpox has several times broken out among them and your medical officers will have to take measures for preventing the spread of diseases of a contagious character. I have not yet been able to procure heavy guns for the obstructions at Hamilton, Kinston, &c., but hope to be able to do so.
Your telegram of to-day from Rocky Mount is received. I infer from it that you have sent the four regiments to Wilmington. Write me fully on all points of interest as soon after your return as convenient. Respectfully and truly, yours,
G. W. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF HENRICO,
November 13, 1862. Captain TURNER, Commanding Prisons.
Sir: Please inform me whether there is a man in your custody whom I can place in irons as a hostage for Mr. Smith, who was connected with the burning of the Alleghanian and since captured. Respectfully,
J. H. WINDER,
C. S. MILITARY PRISONS, November 13, 1862. Brig. Gen. J. H. WINDER.
SIR: In reply to yours in reference to a suitable person to be placed in irons as a hostage for Mr. Smith I have to reply that we have the following prisoners from the U.S. Navy: Paymaster of steamer Daylight and two ensigns belonging to the gun-boat Mount Vernon and the U. S. steamer Daylight. Either of the above I think would be suitable to be held as a bostage. Your obedient servant,
TH, P. TURNER,
Captain, Commanding. P. S.-There are also eighteen sailors belonging to these steamers, taken on the 6th of November at Fort Fisher, on the North Carolina coast.
RICHMOND, November 13, 1862. Hon. G. W. RANDOLPH, Secretary of War.
SIR: I have the honor to return herewith the letter of October 7, directing prisoners to be selected in return for those brought here from