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I presume that all this has been done without your knowledge, as your communication on the subject of the exchange of prisoners I regarded as an agreement on fair and equal terms.

To send us prisoners afflicted with contagious diseases of a dangerous and deadly character, is, in my judgment, violative of all ideas of fairness and justice as well as humanity.

For all prisoners, therefore, surrendered by Confederate officers, I shall insist, General, that they are entitled, by every claim of fairness and justice, to demand, in exchange, an equal number of prisoners in like condition of those sent back to you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Telegram.

Headquarters, Corinth, May 20th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
I find I must reopen the road across Clear Creek. I will march this evening, if we do not have a rain-storm, which now seems to be threatening.

Earl Van Dorn, Maj.-Genl.

Telegram.

Headquarters, May 20th, 1862, 4 P. M.
To Genl. Beauregard:
There is every prospect of a heavy rain; shall I postpone the movement until morning or next evening? I find, too, some difficulty in reopening crossings of Clear Creek. Answer quick.


Corinth, May 20th, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. Van Dorn, Comdg. A. W.:
Delay the movement twenty-four hours.


Telegram.

Headquarters, May 20th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
I have just learned that five hundred cavalry were seen yesterday morning marching towards Biernsville.

Captain Reeves saw about that number going in that direction to-day.


Corinth, May 20th, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. Van Dorn, Comdg. A. W.:
What think you of weather and of making move in morning? 'Tis important to make it soon as possible.


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