“I have authorized Colonel Mulford … to renew negotiations for the exchange of all prisoners”

The rebels have agreed to treat all prisoners of war on equal terms.  Now that they have agreed to this, I will support resuming their exchange.  I wrote Sec. Stanton,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Washington, D. C., January 21, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

SIR: I have authorized Colonel Mulford, agent of exchange, to renew negotiations for the exchange of all prisoners now held by either party. The first interview between our agent and Colonel Ould, rebel agent, has already been had. No doubt but that an arrangement will be entered into. Indeed, on the strength of that interview an exchange–limited one–is now going on near Richmond.

Yours, truly,

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

We are sending supplies to our prisoners at least weekly. They are received by officers of our own selection (released Federal prisoners), who distribute them as directed.

U. S. G.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 290-1

O.R., II, viii, p 98

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