O.R.--SERIES II--VOLUME VI [S# 119]
UNION AND CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM JUNE 11, 1863, TO MARCH 31, 1864.--#21
FORT MONROE, November 12, 1863.
Capt. EDWARD A. FORBES, Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.:
SIR: I send by flag of truce this day 24,000 rations, the distribution of which I authorize you to superintend. You will please forward me receipts for the same. Should the Confederate authorities allow this course to be pursued in subsisting our prisoners I will consider your receipts as evidence of the fact and will keep up the supply.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. A. MEREDITH,
Brigadier-General and Agent of Exchange.
NOVEMBER 14, 1863.
Respectfully returned to Brigadier-General Meredith.
This letter will not be delivered to Captain Forbes. I have to day in a letter informed you that the rations, including candles, will be served to your soldiers. The manner in which that is to be done will be governed by our regulations, not yours. If you are not satisfied with those regulations you can take back your rations and withhold any in the future.
Agent of Exchange.