as a Cavalry Officer and the proceedings of said Board in his case were forwarded to the Adjt. Generals Office on the 19th day of August 1863. There is no doubt entertained of his loyalty and devotion to his country I have ordered his release from arrest." Copies, ibid. On the same day, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson regarding Wright. "You will order his release from arrest, but he will not return to duty with his command until a dicision is had in his case from the proper authority." Copies, ibid., V, 19, 103; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Wright was discharged on Sept. 16.
On Oct. 17, Lt. Col. Loren Kent was sent to Alton to "... report in detail the names of all prisoners from the Department of the Tennessee now confined there, the date they were sent, for what time, by whose order, the nature of their offence, and all other facts and circumstances that he may deem important ..." Special Orders No. 283, copies, DLC-USG, V, 16, 28. On Nov. 1, Kent, Vicksburg, sent Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers a list of soldiers confined at Alton recommending that many of them should be released and returned to duty. ALS, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received. On Dec. 14, USG endorsed this letter. "The recommendation of Col. Kent is approved, and will be put into execution w[it]hout delay—" ES, ibid.
[Aug. 1, 1863]
The State of Mississippi, throuhout its length and West of the Miss. Central rail-road being now free from the presence of any armed force of the enemy are called upon to pursue their peaceful avocations in obedience to the laws of the United States. —Whilst doing so, in good faith, all United States forces are prohibited from molesting in any way the citizens of the country. It is earnestly recommended that negroes, who can, will make contracts to labor for their former owners, and that they labor in good faith. When such contracts cannot be made then to hire themselves to such persons as are willing to employ their services. Their private property will be respected except where the use of it is necessary for the Government, in which case it must be taken by the under the direction of Corps Commanders. In all cases where it becomes necessary to take private property for public use