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On the 8th of December, 1864, Bonham wrote Seddon that in accordance with the latter's suggestion in the letter of August 31, 1864, he has ordered the negro prisoners in the custody of the sheriff of Charleston district to be turned over to General Samuel Jones, commanding the department. He remarks that he thinks that a few of said negroes are slaves; but the State has no means of identifying them or their masters.
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