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that the Governor can do by prayers, entreaties, arguments, and remonstrances, to induce the Federal Government to do justice to our prisoners by instituting a proper system of regular exchanges, has been done in vain. The Federal Administration have obstinately refused to institute such a system; and it is only by individual effort that our fellow-citizens can extricate their fathers, brothers, and sons from that Southern captivity. Jan. 22.—Governor writes to Hon. Roscoe Conkling, United-States House of Representatives, and now United-States Senator:— I have received, and perused with lively gratification, your speech, delivered on the 6th inst. For its lofty eloquence, and its tribute to the valor and devotedness of our soldiers,—particularly of the men of the Fifteenth and Twentieth Regiments,—I beg to tender you the homage of respectful and hearty gratitude. Jan. 27.—Governor writes to Edwin M. Stanton, who was recently appointed Secretary of War, in place of Mr
ill up and forward to Boston. At three o'clock, I left City Point in the cars for the front, intending to spend the night with a friend and relative, Colonel Charles S. Russell, Eleventh United-States Infantry, commanding the Twenty-eighth United-States Colored Regiment, in the Ninth Corps. The railroad runs the entire length of our lines, and the camps of the different corps are on each side of it. Twelve miles from City Point is General Meade's station. His headquarters are nearly a milenes. The shades of evening began to fall when I left in an ambulance for the Ninth Corps. We crossed the famous Weldon Railroad, near General Warren's headquarters. At seven o'clock I arrived safely at Colonel Russell's camp, Twenty-eighth United-States Colored Troops, who gave me a soldier's welcome. He also is an enthusiast in favor of colored troops. After supper, he ordered his band up to his quarters, and it played for over an hour. Not a man of them can read a note, and yet they mad