Release of surgeons.
By an advertisement in another column, it will be seen that all medical officers now held as prisoners of war are now released from parole, a general understanding having taken place between the two Governments.
This is as it should be. It is the duty of surgeons to remain with their wounded on the field, and if they put themselves voluntarily in the hands of the enemy, they ought not to be treated as prisoners of war. The release of the Federal
surgeons by Jackson
has opened the eyes of the Lincoln
authorities, and they have now concluded to conform to the usages of civilized warfare, and treat medical officers as non-combatants.
All surgeons now on parole will now have an opportunity of exercising their profession, being, by a contract between the Federal
and Confederate Governments, released from their parole.
The same advertisement also states that a general intelligence office has been established to enable the friends of the sick and wounded to find them out, and to facilitate communication with the army.
This bureau was advocated strongly by the papers of this city some time ago, and we are glad that its importance has been recognized by the Government
It will be a great convenience to the public.