98 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.
who are now attending your sick who are prisoners within my lines
will be informed that they are released from their parole and will be
sent into your lines.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GENERAL ORDERS, } QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 11. Washington City, July 10, 1863.
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Issues of clothing to prisoners of war by the quartermaster at sta-
tions where they are confined will be made with the assistance and
under the supervision of an officer detailed for the purpose, whose cer-
tificate that the issue was made in his presence will be the quarter-
master's voucher for the clothing issued. From the 30th of April to
the 1st of October neither drawers nor socks will be issued to prisoners
of war, except to the sick. (General Orders, War Department, June
17, 1862, and circular of Commissary-General of Prisoners, July 7,186.)
Issues of clothing to prisoners of war will be made only at stations
where such prisoners are held, unless specially ordered by the general
commanding an army in the field, in which case the provisions of the
foregoing paragraph must be complied with.
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M. C. MEIGS,
Washington, D. C., July 10, 1863.
Hon. E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your order to
keep separate as far as possible the rebel wounded from those of our army
and directing that the former be sent, when proper, to Point Lookout.
The following action had already been taken in the case. After con-
sultation with the Commissary-General of Prisoners I yesterday tele-
graphed to the medical director at New York City to prepare the hos-
pital at Davids Island for exclusive use as a rebel hospital.
I also telegraphed the officer at Gettysburg in charge of transporta-
tion to send rebel wounded to that hospital.
The medical director at Philadelphia was ordered at the same time
by telegraph to prepare the hospital at Chester, Pa., for the exclusive
use of the rebel wounded.
The hospital at Point Lookout contains 1,400 beds, and the number
of rebel wounded at Gettysburg alone is now reported by Medical
Inspector Vollum to be from 8,000 to 10,000.
Under these circumstances does the Secretary desire that I counter-
mand the previous orders given and send rebel wounded to Point
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
WAR DEPARTMENT, July 11, 1863.
The order to send the rebel wounded to Hammond Hospital was made
upon the recommendation Of Major-General Schenck, but as the report
JOS. R. SMITH,