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No. 75.

Richmond, October 13, 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 :

RICHMOND, September 22, 1869, 1. All officers and men who have been delivered at Aiken's Landing, Va., up to this date.

2. All officers who have been delivered at Vicksburg, Miss., up to this date. 3. Ten thousand three hundred and sixty-eight men of the first deliveries at Vicksburg, Miss.


Agent for Erchange. 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:

S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, Octover 14, 1862. ROBERT OULD, Esq., Agent, &c.

Sir: Your attention is asked to the inclosed copy of a letter* from General Lee, and you are respectfully requested to inform the agent of the United States that prisoners taken by our partisan corps will not be exchanged until the enemy consent to exchange such of the parti sans as fall into their hands. Your obedient servant,


Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS, Petersburg, Va., October 14, 1862. Hon. G. W. RANDOLPH, Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.

SIR: I have been repeatedly warned or notified that there was a lady in Portsmouth named Tabb that could not be trusted; indeed, that she was a spy. Yesterday she arrived here under the name of Ward and registered her name (at least it was done) as Mrs. Whittle. Accompanying her was a Mrs. Williams, who is the daughter of Flemming, formerly master machinist of the Portsmouth Navy-Yard, and whose husband is now a draughtsman in the Naval Ordnance Department. It is believed that they had letters secreted on their persons from what was observed by a person at whose house they stopped. Their baggage has been searched and the person also of Mrs. Tabb, but no letters of import found. Nevertheless I would rather they were in Salisbury than in Richmond and I think they should either be sent there or back to Portsmouth. Mrs. Tabb is said to have passed through here in disguise but she denies it. She leaves a family of five children in Portsmouth and yet she wishes to pass the winter in Richmond. She is highly connected there and I presume you will be importuned in her behalf. I think both should be sent back or be sent to Salisbury or some other place. Yours, very respectfully,

S. G. FRENCH, Brigadier-General, Commanding.

* See Lee to Randolph, October 9, p. 913.


OCTOBER 17, 1862. Authorize General French to dispose of the prisoners as he thinks best.


Secretary of War.

JONESBOROUGH, TENN., October 16, 1862. Col. JOHN E. TOOLE.

DEAR SIR: I have been so much engaged since the return of my son that I have not had time until now to fulfill the promise I made to write

to you.

Of the prisoners who were sent from this place to Madison, Ga., he says that Richard McCloud will volunteer; that William Dawes, Stephen Morely, David Boyd, George McPherson and Less. Boyd are willing to give bonds; that James A. Estes is willing to take the oath, and being a printer is not subject to conscription; that James W. Babb is willing to take the oath and is liable to conscription; that James Atkinson can give bond, but has a lame hand and cannot be required to serve in the army; that George McPherson is ruptured and is in like manner exempt; and that Henry A. Kelly, who was born in New Hampshire, desires to be sent across the line.

David says that none of the above persons started to Kentucky except Atkinson, McCloud and the Boyds. Kelly as I hear refused to go to Kentucky, having been discharged last fall by General Leadbetter from a false charge of being a spy in the country. Dawes furnished some crackers to Morely without knowing the object as David thinks, and having had one eye shot out in a fight and a controversy in the news. papers is probably the subject of private malice. Dawes has a family dependent upon him. Morely also is a married man, and his offense consisted in obtaining and furnishing the crackers. Estes so far as David knows did nothing beyond furnishing some money and visiting the stampeders. McPherson as David believes did nothing at all. Kelly's friends say that as a druggist he will be exempt; that he refused to go to Kentucky and will not join the army, and only desires to get away from the suspicions to which he is subjected by his Northern birth.

Myson states that John and James Rogers, of Hawkins, will volunteer if they can. He says that Peter Elliott and William D. Blevins, of Carter, are anxious to be discharged. The latter is sixty-three years old and cannot probably give security.

David especially desires me to intercedein behalf of Col. James Henry, of Blount, and Peter Slagle, of Carter. The former you know and the latter I regard as a man who will keep any promise or obligation he may enter into. But I cannot dwell upon each case separately or draw shades of distinction between them, nor can I enter into arguments without writing a letter too long with the demands upon your time for you to read. The only argument, if I may so call it, that I can use in their favor is that now there is no U. S. Army at Cumberland Gap, and now that so many are volunteering or quietly yielding to the conscript law I think it would be good policy to pursue a lenient course, knowing that if clemency is abused the parties can be again easily arrested. Yours, truly,



Holly Springs, Miss., October 16, 1862. General PRICE.

GENERAL: The prisoners of war belonging to your command have arrived and you will direct them to report to their different commands, but will require no duty of them until they are exchanged. By order of General Van Dorn:


Major and Assistant Adjutant-General. P. S.-A list will be sent you.


Knoxville, October 16, 1862. ANDREW JOHNSON, Jr.

SIR: The major-general commanding has received your communication of the 15th and directs me to say in reply that at this particular juncture of affairs he is compelled to decline granting passports through our army lines. If you have made your election between the two Governments and decided against the South the permission asked will be granted as soon as circumstances will allow. Meanwbile he repeats the policy declared in his proclamation and will see that full protection is given to the persons and property of all loyal citizens. Should you remain you will find that to this you will not be made an exception. Should your application be renewed in a short time it will most probably receive a favorable reply. I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General,


Knoxville, October 16, 1862. L. P. MYNATT, Esq.

SIR: The major-general commanding directs you to proceed to Chattanooga, Tenn., and inquire into the charges against all civilians charged with violations of the laws of the Confederate States. You will examine the charges and the evidence to sustain them and report in writing your opinion as a lawyer who should be released on account of the vagueness or frivolousness of the accusations or the want of evidence to support them, and who should be confined for trial. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, October 16, 1862. Hon. G. W. RANDOLPH, Secretary of War.

SIR: By request of Hon, George W. Crawford, of Georgia, I herewith inclose for your consideration his letter, together with that of Capt. Clay Crawford, held by our Government as a prisoner of war. May I beg of you to give the matter your attention and to favor me with a reply? I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Private Secretary of Hon. Alerander H. Stephens,

Vice-President Confederate States of America.

G. W.

(First indorsement.)

OCTOBER 19, 1862. Inform Hon. A. H. Stephens that the case will be investigated, and refer it to General Winder for inquiry and report.


Secretary of War.

(Second indorsement.) Respectfully returned to the honorable Secretary of War. Upon inquiry I find that Clay Crawford was sent from Madison, Ga., and received at C. S. military prison on October 11 and paroled 12th of October, 1862, and sent North.




BELAIR, September 27, 1862. Hon. A. H. STEPHENS, Vice-President, &c., Richmond.

DEAR SIR: I have stated to Captain Crawford, whom I do not know and as I think is no kin of mine, that I would write to you in his behalf. His statement in relation to our introduction is remembered and true. Other parts of it are without my knowledge. My reply to him was substantially that his commission probably fixed his character as a prisoner of war; that the Confederate Government only acted on general principles of national law or by convention; the two Governments had agreed on a cartel for the exchange of prisoners and that he ought to accept the terms of this cartel whenever offered to his choice, &c. But according to his own statement he left his command without authority and will probably be treated as a deserter by the Federal Government. I do not know the policy of our Government in such matters and hence I refer his case to the Secretary of War, before whom you will be pleased to place this letter and the inclosed. Very respectfully, yours, &c.,



MADISON, GA., September 24, 1862. Hon. G. W. CRAWFORD.

SIR: I address you to ask you that you will assist me in obtaining my release (on parole or otherwise) from custody as a prisoner of war. I do not know whether you will remember me, but I feel satisfied that when you are acquainted with the circumstances under which I was made a prisoner you will interest yourself in my behalf. I was appointed cadet while you were Secretary of War (1850) and had the honor of being presented to you at the Department by General Samuel Houston. On the surrender of Fort Sumter I resigned my commission in the Regular Army and retired to my home in Missouri. I was elected to the Missouri State Convention and voted with the Southern members for the withdrawal of the State. During the following summer our State was plunged into all the horrors of civil war by invasion. The militia was called out for defense and I accepted a commission from Governor Gamble with the understanding that my regiment was not to be ordered from the State or used except to repel invasion. This pledge was violated and immediately after the battle of Pea Ridge seven officers, including myself, tendered our resignations. General Curtis

refused to recommend their acceptance and we withdrew from the regiment. I came within your lines and had been residing as a citizen at Dresden, Tenn., for some six weeks when I was made a prisoner by Colonel Jackson, Tennessee cavalry. I stated the circumstances to him and he immediately released me on parole. I was ordered to report at Jackson, Miss., and Colonel Jackson promised to lay my case before the proper authorities. However, before I heard from him I was sent to Montgomery, Ala., and confined with the other Federal prisoners and subsequently removed to this place. I presume the prisoners here will be exchanged soon. I do not wish an exchange and shall never serve again in the Federal Army. What I wish is to be permitted to return home on parole, and I will pledge myself to do all i can for the cause of the South not opposed to the interests of Missouri. Yours, &c.,

CLAY CRAWFORD, Captain, Missouri State Troops.


Knoxville, October 17, 1862. Hon. THOMAS A. R. NELSON, Jonesborough, Tenn.

DEAR SIR: I regret to say that some persons incapable it seems of appreciating the manly and patriotic motives which prompted your address to the people of East Tennessee have attributed it to a desire to procure thereby the release of your son. It is due to you that I should state that neither you nor any one ever intimated to me that you desired the release of your son, nor did I intimate any promise or intention of releasing him. I took it for granted that you did desire it, but I had too just an appreciation of your character to suppose for one moment that your action on so important a matter would be influenced by that motive. I have heard that your son was young and indiscreet and had committed the offense for which he was arrested in violation of your expressed wishes and whilst you were absent from home. I have released a number of prisoners besides your son, and I released him because I supposed it would be more gratifying to you and because I judged that the boy would be more likely to become a more loyal and useful citizen if brought within your influence than if left in prison with persons older and more culpable than himself. If you think the insinuations against your motives worthy of notice you are at liberty to make such use of this note as you may think proper. Very respectfully and truly,

SAML, JONES, Major-General, Commanding.


Knoxville, October 17, 1862. General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.: There are numbers of our paroled prisoners here, and more are com ing daily. Can you not send an officer here to arrange their exchange!

SAML. JONES, Major General, Commanding.

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