UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF
WAR AND STATE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1862, TO JUNE 10, 1863.--#9
RICHMOND, January 25,
Lieutenant-Colonel LUDLOW, Agent of Exchange.
SIR: Your letters of the 23d have been received.
1. J. A. Flagg will be sent off by to-morrow's boat.
2. I prefer to retain the sutlers until I see you. <ar118_213>
3. It is not true that many of your prisoners at Richmond and Salisbury are
suffering from want of clothing. I will hereafter inform you whether any
clothing for their use will be received.
4. I will make due inquiry into the alleged fact that parties belonging to
the Fourth Regiment East Tennessee and other Tennessee and Ohio regiments have
been detained in Atlanta and Castle Thunder for over eight months. I do not
think that such is the fact. If it is so they shall be delivered to you.
5. You say "that all the men taken in arms against the United States who
belonged to your (our) irregular organizations have been released and delivered
at Vicksburg." The representations daily made to me are exactly to the contrary.
If credible testimony can be believed you have now many hundreds of our officers
and men in confinement. By the express terms of our last agreement all such are
to be immediately released, to whatever organization they may have belonged.
They heretofore have been refused a release because they were styled
"bushwhackers." They were not so in any sense of the term. Will you release
6. Some few of the officers captured at Fredericksburg were paroled and sent
to your lines. If any injustice has been done to you by our agreement about
reducing officers to privates or in any other subject-matter I will promptly
redress it. It will, however, be impossible to arrange that matter without an
interview. There must be many officers in your and our possession who by our
agreement made at the last interview were declared exchanged. Such certainly
ought to be mutually delivered up. The excess is on our side but I will stand it
because I have agreed to it. I must, however, insist upon the immediate delivery
of such of our officers as are included in the agreement.
7. The letter to the widow of the late General D. R. Jones was sent to her in
a few minutes after its receipt.
8. I have many subjects upon which I desire to have a conference with you.
Inform me unless you yourself come when you will be at City Point.
9. Inform me by the next communication whether you have any of our
non-commissioned officers and privates on hand and when you will send them; also
whether you intend to keep in confinement the citizen prisoners whom you have
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
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