DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; USG 3. On the same day, Hitchcock telegraphed to USG. "Col. Hoffman's Statement, to gether with an explanatory letter from myself, was mailed for you yesterday and I hope will safely reach you if it has not already." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). Also on April 17, USG wrote to Butler. "Enclosed you will please find statement of Federal and Rebel Prisoners of War dilivered since last declaration, together with explanatory letter of Maj. Gen. E. A. Hitchcock Commissioner for exchange of prisoners." LS, DLC-Benjamin F. Butler. O. R., II, vii, 62. On the same day, USG wrote to Stanton. "I have the honor herewith to enclose for your information a copy of my letter of instructions to Maj. Gen. B. F. Butler, com'd'g. Department of Virginia and North Carolina, touching the exchange of prisoners." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; USG 3. O. R., II, viii, 810.
On April 20, Butler telegraphed to USG. "Instructions in regard to exchange of prisoners received and will be implicitly followed. I assume however that they are not intended to interfere with the special exchanges of sick and wounded prisoners on one side and the other, now going on" DfS, DLC-Benjamin F. Butler ; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., II, vii, 76. On the same day, 9: 30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Butler. "Receive all the sick and wounded the Confederate Authorities will send you but send no more in exchange." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); DLC-Benjamin F. Butler. O. R., II, vii, 76.
Culpepper C. H. Va., April 17th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. D. HUNTER.
U. S. VOLS.
In giving the instructions to Maj. Gen. N. P. Banks, a copy of which accompanies this, the design was to impress upon the General particularly two points; 1st the importance of commencing operations at the very earliest possible moment against Mobile, so that his movement may serve as cooperation with those of the other Armies in the field. 2d That he should take with him the greatest number of troops possible from his command
In fixing the Rio Grande as the only point in Texas to retain