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III. Should the sums received by the officer be considerable he may give a receipt for the same.
IV. All receipts taken from prisoners will be kept carefully on file ready for inspection at any time by the proper authority.
MARTIN BURKE, Lieutenant-Colonel Third Artillery.
(Inclosure No. 2.)
FORT LAFAYETTE, N. Y. Harbor, August 16, 1862. Lient. Col. MARTIN BURKE,
Third Artillery, Commanding, &c., Fort Hamilton, N. Y. Harbor. COLONEL: I would respectfully submit the following in answer to the statements of W. H. Sweeting, master of the schooner Mersey, B. W. Sanders and A. (. Stone, prisoners, who have been under my charge:
1. The statement of W. H. Sweeting in regard to the property he mentions being taken from him on his arrival at this post is true and was done in obedience to my instructions; that it was returned to him on his release I submit the inclosed statements of Special Deputy U. S. Marshal John H. Smith and S. G. Penney, second lieutenant, Ninth Intantry.
2. In answer to the charge of B. W. Sanders and A. O. Stone I submit a copy of Lieutenant Casey's receipt to me for the money belonging to the prisoners transferred to Fort Delaware and a memorandum of the amount of gold turned over to said Lieutenant Casey.
B. W. Sanders states that the amount of money paid to him by Captain Gibson, commanding Fort Delaware, was all (or nearly so) Delaware money. I hereby certify that I turned over no such money to Lieutenant Casey. That the money designated as "current" in his receipt was U. S. Treasury notes and silver.
B. W. Sanders states that the amount of money turned over by me to Lieutenant Casey was $10.66 short of the amount which he gave to me.
I certify that I did not remove his money from the portemonnaie in which it was when I received it until I turned it over to Lieutenant Casey, and that there was but $66.34 in it.
In regard to the pistol of A. O. Stone I submit the inclosed statement of Samuel G. Penney, second lieutenant, Ninth Infantry.
To show you th mistakes ha been made at Fort Delaware in regard to the property of the prisoners I respectfully submit the inclosed copy of letters received from A. Lawrence and R. O. Barkley.
I beg leave to submit to your inspection my books which show that I have had in my possession over $20,000 in the twelve months that I have been in command at this post belonging to prisoners who have been confined here, and I refer to the many officers and inarshals who have taken prisoners from here for evidenceshat they have never heard one word of complaint on the part of prisoners about their money or effects. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, First Lieutenant, Vinth Infantry, Commanding Post.
(Sub-inclosure No. 1.) SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, ss :
Jolin II. Smitli, a special deputy U. S. marshal, being duly sworn deposes and says: That he was sent by Robert Murray, U.S. marshal, to Fort Lafayette for the purpose of bringing W.H. Sweeting (the master of the prize schooner Mersey) before the prize commissioners for examination and was present and heard the conversation between the said Sweeting and Lieutenant Wood prior to his leaving the fort, and this deponent heard Lieutenant Wood make the inquiries of said Sweeting if he had everything belonging to him. Sweeting replied that he had and thanked Lieutenant Wood for the kindness he had received from said Wood during his continement in Fort Lafayette; and this deponent further says that he accompanied said Sweeting up to the city and during their journey said Sweeting made do complaint to this deponent against said Wood or any other officer connected with Fort Lafayette.
JOHN II. SMITH.
Sworn to before me this 16th day of August, 1862.
GEO. F. BETTS,
U. S. Commissioner.
[Sub-inclosure No. 2.)
I certify that I was present at the release of W. H. Sweeting, master of the schooner Mersey, from this post and that he made no complaint that he had not received all that belonged to him.
SAM. G. PENNEY, Second Lieutenant, Ninth Infantry.
(Sub-inclosure No. 3.]
FORT LAFAYETTE, N. Y. Harbor, July 11, 1862. . Received of Lieutenant Wood the following money belonging to pris. oners this day turned over to me by him: Gold and current, $673.5+, 15 doubloons, 24 quarter doubloons, 10 Mexican dollars, 5 five franc pieces, Southern funds $336.
JAMES S. CASEY, First Lieutenant, Fifth Infantry, U. S. Army, Provost-Marshal.
(Sub-inclosure No. 4.]
Memorandum of amount of gold turned over to Lieutenant Casey July 11, 1862, belonging to prisoners transferred to Fort Delaware: A. G. Swasey : American gold
$20 15 doubloons...
240 18 quarter doubloons.
I hereby certify that on the 11th day of July, 1862, by direction of Lieut. Charles 0. Wood, commanding this post, I took each prisoner who had property in store here to the store room and gave to each one that which belonged to him with this exception, viz: 1 revolver belonging to A. O. Stone; 2 small pistols, belt holster and bowie-knife belonging to B. W. Sanders, which were forgotten both by the prisoners and myself. Some days afterwards I discovered these articles and reported the fact to Lieutenant Wood, who directed me to pack them in a box and send them to the commanding officer at Fort Delaware which I did.
SAM. G. PENNEY, Second Lieutenant, Ninth Infantry.
(Sub-inclosure No. 6.]
FORT DELAWARE, July 16, 1862. Lieutenant Wood.
SIR: Captain Gibson informs me he has $12.84 to my credit. I think there must be some mistake as I deposited between $45 and $50 with you. I have only paid to Sergeant Graves $7.90, therefore I ought to have considerable inore to my credit here.
Please inform me what amount you turned over to Lieutenant Casey, and oblige,
(Sub-inclosure No. 7.1
FORT DELAWARE, July 22, 1862. Lieutenant Wood.
SIR: Yours of the 21st instant is at hand. Your account is exactly what Captain Gibson has to my credit. I was misinformed by the sutler, who stated that Captain Gibson had but $12.84 to my account which he said lie copied from Captain Gibson's account book. To-day I saw Captain Gibson. He gave me the correct account which is the same as yours.
Thanking you for the prompt manner in which you replied to my request, &c. I am, very respectfully,
Mr. Barkley's things are correct.
(Sub-inclosure No. 8., Lieut. C. (. Woon.
SIR: I am informed that no valuables or money have been turned over to Capt. A. A. Gibson of mine. You will please recollect that I placed in your hands a portemonnaie containing a valuable pin and an English sovereign fitted as a charm with engraving on it; also a $5 note.
R. C. BARKLEY.
[AUGUST 17, 1862.-For petition of the survivors of the Andrews railroad raid in April, 1862, to be placed on the footing of prisoners of war and for other papers concerning that event, see Series I, Vol. X, Part I, p. 630 et seq.]
HEADQUARTERS, Fort Monroe, te., August 18, 1862. A. N. ZEVELY, Third Assistant Postmaster-General.
SIR: Under the articles of agreement entered into by Major-General Hill and myself for a general exchange of prisoners of war all prisoners captured on either side are to be released on parole and sent across the lines within ten days. I think therefore as soon as the prisoners of war who have been confined in the Western States are sent to Vicksburg there will be no need of forwarding letters, the prisoners on this side of the Alleghany Mountains having already been delivered near Richmond with the exception of some who from sickness or wounds are too feeble to travel. Perhaps it might be well for you to forward these letters for two or three weeks longer, say till the 15th of September; after that time I think it will be needless. I am, very respectfully, yours,
JOHN A. DIX,
Washington, August 18, 1862. Governor ANDREW JOHNSON, Nashville, Tenn.:
I presented the case of the Eastern Tennessee Union citizens in confinement to Robert Ould, esq., agent for the exchange of prisoners, who informed me that the Union citizens were divided into three classes, those of the third class being those who expressed their sentiments fully and were regarded as violent in their opposition and that this was the class in continement and held as prisoners of state. This exchange of prisoners of state is not held as obligatory.
Washington, August 18, 1862. Col. WILLIAM HOFFMAN,
Commissary-General of Prisoners, Detroit, Mich. COLONEL: Your telegram of the 12th instant has been received by the Quartermaster-General. In reply he directs me to communicate with you by letter as to the propriety of issuing clothing to the prisoners of war who are about to be sent South. In his opinion issues to them should not be made unless an imperative necessity therefor exists. It would be almost a direct issue to the Southern Army, as the prisoners returning will take their places in the ranks immediately on their arrival South. By order of the Quartermaster-General: Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ALEX. J. PERRY,
WASHINGTON, August 18, 1862. Hon. E, M. STANTON, Secretary of War.
SIR: On the 25th of June last I was taken prisoner on the railroad between Memphis and Corinth and was paroled by the rebel Colonel
Jackson for sixty days on condition that I should endeavor to procure my exchange for Col. Alexander J. Brown, a brother-in-law of Colonel Jackson. Some time since I addressed a letter to the Secretary of War stating these circumstances and requesting that the proposed exchange might be made, which letter I forwarded to Edward Jordan, Solicitor of the Treasury, with a request that he would lay it before the Secretary. I soon after received from Mr. Jordan a telegram directing me to apply to Colonel Hoffman at Detroit. I immediately went to Detroit and had an interview with Colonel Hoffman who telegraphed to the authorities here for instructions. After waiting several days and receiving no reply I came to this city and called upon General Thomas, the Adjutant-General, who informed me that being on the point of leaving the city he could not give attention to my application.
I have now to beg that you will consider my application and if possible authorize the proposed exchange and thus relieve me from the unpleasant necessity of returning to Alabama and surrendering myself a prisoner of war. For a more detailed statement of the circumstances of my capture I refer to my former communication. I may, however, here state that on making known to General Grant the arrangement with Colonel Jackson he approved it; said he would aid me in perfect. ing it and wrote to the Department here on the subject. I have the honor to be, with high respect,
P. KINNEY, Colonel Fifty-sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Detroit, Mich., August 18, 1862. Capt. H. W. FREEDLEY,
Third Infantry, U. S. Army, Springfield, Ill. CAPTAIN: Yours of the 16th is received. It is not a roll of prisoners who wish to take the oath of allegiance signed by themselves that is required but duplicate rolls made out in form, and these I presume will be accompanied by a separate oath of allegiance for each man. But the roll of siguatures which you have prepared may be of use and I wish you to preserve them. I think it very possible that at the last moment many will decide to take the oath who are now deterred by their associations with violent secessionists. Please retain the rolls till they are called for. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. HOFFMAN, Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.
OFFICE COMMISSARY. GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Detroit, Mich., August 18, 1862. Col. J. H. TUCKER, Commanding Camp Douglas, Chicago, III.
COLONEL: Your letters of the 15th and 10th are received. Any moneys which may be left in your hands belonging to deceased prisoners of war will be expended for the benefit of the sick in hospital. Ascertain the whole amount and keep it in hand until the exchange takes place when there must' necessarily be a number of sick left at