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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Treatment and exchange of prisoners. (search)
that the exchange might go on readily and smoothly, man for man and officer for officer of equal rank, and officers for their equivalents in privates, as settled by the cartel. (Butler's Book, p. 590.) Judge Ould left General Butler on the 31st of March, with the understanding that Butler would confer with his Government about the points discussed, and then confer further with him. In the meantime the exchanges of sick and wounded and special exchanges were to go on. On the first day of April, 1864, General U. S. Grant appeared on the scene, and General Butler says: To him the state of the negotiations as to exchange was communicated, and most emphatic verbal directions were received from the Lieutenant-General not to take any steps by which another able bodied man should be exchanged until further orders from him. Butler's Book, p. 592. And the reason assigned by General Grant for this course was that, the exchange of prisoners would so strengthen General Lee's arm