Exchange of Confderate officers — Scene at the exchange.
It will be recollected that a few weeks since our Government sent fifty-six Yankee officers, including Generals Wessel
, to Charleston
, to be placed in prison there.
They were placed in an elegant mansion in the western portion of the city, near the Ashley river
, so far out of range that the only shell that burst near them was one which exploded the day before their exchange.
They enjoyed themselves in a fine court-yard with games of ball, &c., and also had a very fine bath-house at their disposal.
When the Yankees
determined to place as many of our officers actually under fire at Morris Island
, it was rumored that we had determined to place these Yankees on the ramparts at Fort Sumter
This rumor came to the ears of General Seymour
, one of the prisoners, who intimated to Captain H. H. Raymond
, Adjutant and Inspector-General
, that probably an explanation would lead to less dreadful results.
and his companions that if they desired to make a proposition to General Foster
for an exchange, he thought no objection would be made on our part to such a course.
The result was that General Foster
requested one of our staff officers to meet one of his, in order to effect a negotiation, which was effected--Major Lay
acting on our part.
The exchange took place on Wednesday, nearly opposite Battery Wagner, steamers having carried both parties to the spot.
In leaving, the Yankee
officers expressed their thanks for the kindness with which they had been treated in Charleston
The roll was called for our officers, and the following then came on board our steamer:
Major-General Edward Johnson
; Major-General Frank Gardner
; Brigadier- General George H. Stewart
; Brigadier-General J. J. Archer
; Brigadier- General M. Jeff
. Thompson, Missouri
Colonels James N. Brown
, Fourteenth South Carolina; H. M. Barbour
, Thirty-seventh North Carolina; R. W. Carter
, First Virginia cavalry; Norvell Cobb
, Forty-fourth Virginia infantry; B. E. Candill
, Tenth Kentucky cavalry; B. W. Duke
, Second Kentucky; W. H. Forney
, Tenth Alabama; W. J. Ferguson
, Sixteenth Virginia; J. M. Hanks
cavalry; R. C. Morgan
; W. H. Peebles
, Forty-fourth Georgia; James Pell, Forrest
's cavalry; Vandavender, Fiftieth Virginia; W. W. Ward
Lieutenant-Colonels James T. Tucker
, Seventh regiment; James T. Brown
's cavalry; P. E. Davant
, Thirty-eighth Georgia; William Lee Davidson
, Seventh North Carolina; J. P. Fitzgerald
, Twenty-third Virginia; C. L. Haynes
, Twenty-seventh Virginia; D. H. L. Marty
, Tenth Virginia; W. M. Parsley
, Third North Carolina; A. L. Swingley
,--;M. J. Smith
, artillery; O. A. Patton
Majors D. M. Anderson
, Forty-fourth Virginia; J. W. Caldwell
, First Kentucky; J. T. Carson
, Twelfth Georgia; W. T. Ennell
, Third North Carolina; J. E. Gross
, Assistant Adjutant-General
; E. M. Henry
, Fourth Missouri; H. G. A. Higley
, Commissary Subsistence
; W. H. Manning
, Sixth Louisiana; E. A. Nash
, Fourth Georgia; L. J. Perkins
, Fiftieth Virginia; E. J. Sanders
' battery; Thomas Steele
, Third Kentucky; T. E. Upshaw
, Thirteenth Virginia; F. F. Warley
, Second South Carolina artillery; Thomas B. Webber
, Second Kentucky; J. M. Wilson
, Seventh Louisiana; G. H. Smith
, Assistant Adjutant-General
Lieutenants A. DuPre
, Aide-de-camp Major-General Gardner
's Staff; T. G. Jackson
, Aide-de-camp Brigadier-General Anderson
's Staff; J. A. Jacques
, volunteer to General Gardner
The Yankee band struck up "Home," and the steamers parted.
Upon the arrival at Charleston
, Major-General Ed. Johnson
was presented with a wreath of flowers by the ladies.
In receiving it, he spoke of having tried hard not to be captured, but said that hereafter he would try still harder.
General Jeff Thompson
also made a speech.
and several of the officers exchanged arrived in this city yesterday.