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.--#14
RICHMOND, October 2, 1863.
Brig. Gen. S. A. MEREDITH, Agent of Exchange:
SIR: I am very glad that Lieutenants Baker, Pumphrey, Crutcher, and Thorpe have at last been released. There are many other officers yet behind precisely in their situation. I have frequently given a list of them to your predecessor. I will furnish you one if you desire it. You say the above named have been detained by some "unaccountable mistake." Each of their names, with the places of confinement, has been more than once presented to the Federal agent. Lieutenant Baker was at Fortress Monroe, the headquarters of the agent of exchange, for months. It is indeed "unaccountable."
I will make inquiry as to John W. Wolsey. Brengle did not belong to the Sanitary Commission. He was arrested upon his return from a difficult and hazardous military enterprise for which he was especially employed and paid. If you can bring him within the rule established as to members of the Sanitary Commission I will release him. Charles W. Webster is at Castle Thunder. He is a citizen abiding in captivity until you release the non-combatants arrested on our soil and carried off to your prisons.
I will make inquiry into the case of Henry D. Barnett.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Agent of Exchange.