large supply on hand.
These officers were given such a parole as would enable them to discharge the duty with efficiency, with full liberty to report their proceedings to their own government.
While this state of affairs was in existence, it was ascertained that false and unjust accusations against the Confederate
authorities were industriously circulated at the North
in respect to the distribution of these supplies.
This at length became such a grievance, that on November 18th, 1863, I addressed the following letter to Brigadier-General S. A. Meredith
, then Federal Agent of Exchange
, in answer to a letter of General Hitch
-cock, forwarded to me: