But to return to Colonel Streight
and his officers.
They were retained in Libby
, expecting every day to be sent to Alabama
; but, in the meantime, Colonel Ludlow
, the United States Commissioner
of Exchange, arrived upon a flag-of-truce boat at City Point
, near Richmond
, with one hundred Confederate prisoners to exchange for Colonel Streight
and his officers.
, in compliance with instructions received from his President
, informed Colonel Ludlow
that Colonel Streight
and his officers had been demanded by Governor Shorter
, of Alabama
, and that the Confederate Government had decided to comply with this demand, and, consequently, could not send them; but he would send all the other officers except Streight
's command, and give him credit for the one hundred Confederate officers.
There were not a dozen Federal officers in prison at that time beside Streight
He proposed sending the full equivalent for the hundred as soon as they should be captured.
Of course, Colonel Ludlow
refused to accede to this proposition, but answered Judge Ould
that unless Streight
and all his officers were delivered he would return with the Confederate
persistently refusing to send Streight
and his officers, Colonel Ludlow
, accordingly, returned with them.
Another violation of the cartel by the Confederate
authorities came about in the following manner: Generals Morgan
, and other guerrilla chiefs had captured a considerable number of Federal soldiers, made up of small foraging parties, stragglers, etc., and paroled them when and where captured, in order to avoid the trouble and expense of conveying them to any of the points designated in the cartel.
These paroles not being valid, the men accepting them were ordered to duty immediately; but these paroles were all charged to the Government
of the United States
After General Grant
had captured Vicksburg
, and paroled Pemberton
's army, every member of that army was declared exchanged, as an offset to the irregularly paroled Federal prisoners, when the former amounted to three times as many as the latter.
At this time the Federal Government
had a large excess of prisoners; but, as the Confederate Government had violated the cartel whenever any advantage was to be gained by it, it was deemed expedient not to exchange.
Shortly after the Vicksburg
exchange, Judge Ould
proposed to exchange man for man, according to rank, provided the party having the excess would parole them.
This was an act of cool effrontery; for, had the Federal Government
acceded to it, the Confederacy
would have claimed the right to retain Streight
and his men, all officers commanding negro soldiers, all negro