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Re: Mary Samuels

For your information, however, not sure if this is the same Mary Samuels.

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OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D.C., April 28, 1863.

Brig. Gen. JOHN S. MASON, Commanding, Columbus, Ohio.

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23d instant, and in reply have to say that by General Orders, No. 67, of 1862, a copy(*) of which is inclosed, paroles may be granted to prisoners of war by the commissary-general of prisoners on the recommendation of the medical officer attending the prison, but only in cases of extreme illness. I require the recommendations to be forwarded through the commanding officer and to be approved by him. This is the only authority given by the Secretary of War for granting paroles. Complaints have been made by people of Columbus of the presence of paroled prisoners in their city and I do not feel at liberty to ask that the authority be extended. In case of a contagious disease of course the person should be removed without delay to a suitable place, but in ordinary cases the delay of referring the applications to this office could not be attended with any inconvenience.

I have to request you will order Captain Webber to send to this city to be delivered to the provost-marshal Mrs. Mary Samuels and her two daughters Anna and Roberta and her son John Samuels. If the two females referred to in your letter are committed for acts of disloyalty please have them forwarded at the same time, sending with them the charges upon which they were arrested. A roll giving time and place of arrest, &c., should be sent to the provost-marshal and a copy to this office. Heretofore I have generally sent orders for the transfer of prisoners direct to Captain Webber, but under existing circumstances it will probably be most to the interest of the service for them to pass through your hands.

I inclose for your information regulations(*) issued by authority of the War Department for the management of the affairs of military prisons. My impression is that Captain Webber has been very attentive to his duties and has conducted the affairs of the prison in a satisfactory manner.

The Secretary of War has in some few cases ordered the discharge of rebel officers on their taking the oath of allegiance but only when it has been shown that there were circumstances which gave them a claim to this indulgence. There is no general authority for such discharges. I have given particular instructions to Captain Webber in relation to the discharge of deserters from the rebel army. The proof must be quite clear that they are really deserters and then the case must be referred to this office.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,
Colonel Third Infantry, Commissary. General of Prisoners.

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SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.


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