CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.—UNION AND CONFEDERATE. 961
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
City Point, Va., October 13, 1864.
Respectfully submitted to Maj. Gen. B. F. Butler for his action.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant :
T. S. BOWERS.
Assistant Adjutant- General.
NAVY DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., July 27, 1864.
Maj. Gen. B. F. BUTLER, &c., Fort Monroe:
SIR: You are doubtless furnished with the circumstances connected
with the destruction of the Alabama by the Kearsarge. The Alabama
surrendered to the Kearsarge, but before she could be taken possession
of sunk from the wounds received in the engagement. Some of her
officers and crew were rescued by the Kearsarge, others were picked
up by the British yacht Deerhound and carried to England, and a few
succeeded in reaching the coast of France.
Although a large number of them did not come into our possession
actually, they had been surrendered to us, and must be looked upon as
prisoners of war, as much so as were the officers and crew of the U. S. S.
Mercedita, which surrendered to the iron clads that came out of
Charleston in January, 1863, who, although they were not taken pos-
session of, were regarded as prisoners of war, and were duly exchanged,
we having equivalents for them.
Will you, in behalf of this Department, bring this matter to the
attention of Colonel Ould, agent for exchange, and notify him officially
that the officers and crew of the Alabama at the time of her surrender
are regarded by this Government as prisoners of war, and that we
shall expect in exchange for them their equivalent of our officers and
seamen imprisoned in the South or on parole. I inclose herewith
copies of the report of Captains Winslow and Semmes relative to the
action, and also of a board of officers appointed by the Department to
examine into and report upon the status of the officers and crew of the
Very respectfully, GIDEON WELLES,
Secretary of the Navy.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, October 10, 1864.
Commanding Department of Virginia and North Carolina :
GENERAL: With reference to your communication of the 18th ultimo,
in which regret is expressed that, in certain correspondence between
General Hitchcock, Major Mulford, and Commissioner Ould, General
Hitchcock did not address you instead of Major Mulford, I have to state
that General Hitchcock reports that though on the occasion in question
he was referred to by Major Mulford during your absence from your
habitual station, yet all his communications to Major Mulford have been
intended for you, and in most of them it has been so stated.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War.
*Inclosures (here omitted) belong to the Navy War Records.
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