ned, and his force is as strictly Confederate as any in our army.
Why is this done?
This day I have cleaned every prison in my control as far as I know.
If there is any detention anywhere, let me know and I will rectify it. I am compelled to complain of this thing in almost every communication.
You will not deem me passionate when I assure you it will not be endured any longer.
If these men are not delivered, a stern retaliation will be made immediately.
Id., p. 632.
And again on the 22nd, of May, 1863, he wrote, saying:
You are well aware that for the last six months I have been presenting to you lists of Confederate officers and soldiers and Confederate citizens, who have been detained by your authorities in their prisons.
Some of these, on my remonstrance, have been released and sent to us, but by far the greater number remain in captivity.
He then tells Colonel Ludlow that he is satisfied that he (Ludlow) has tried to have these prisoners released, but without avail