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o them many thousands of prisoners in excess of those whom they hold for exchange, and encampments of surplus paroled prisoners delivered up by us were established in the United States, where the men were able to receive the comforts and solace of constant communication with their homes and families. In July last the fortunes of war again favored the enemy, and they were enabled to exchange for duty the men previously delivered to them, against those captured and paroled at Vicksburg and Port Hudson. The prisoners taken at Gettysburg, however, remained in their hands, and should have been at once returned to our lines on parole, to await exchange. Instead of executing a duty imposed by the plainest dictates of justice and good faith, pretexts were instantly sought for holding them in permanent captivity. General orders rapidly succeeded each other from the bureaux at Washington, placing new constructions on an agreement which had given rise to no dispute while we retained the adva
ur counsel on other matters of grave public interest, render your presence at this time more than ordinarily welcome. Indeed, but for serious obstacles to convoking you in extraordinary session, and the necessity for my own temporary absence from the seat of Government, I would have invited you to an earlier meeting than that fired at the date of your adjournment. Grave reverses befell our arms soon after your departure from Richmond. Early in July our strong holds at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, together with their entire garrisons, capitulated to the combined land and naval forces of the enemy. The important interior position of Jackson next fell into their temporary possessing. Our unsuccessful assault on the past at Helena was followed at a later period by the invasion of Arkansas, and the retreat of our army from Little Rook gave to the enemy the control of the important valley in which it is situated. The resolute spirit of the people soon rose superior to the tempor