A proposal having been made by Robert Ould, on the 22d of August last, to "let all Prisoners of War on each side be released from confinement, (close,) or in irons, as the case may be, and either placed in the condition of other prisoners, or sent to their respective homes for their equivalents," which proposal was duly approved by the Secretary of War, it is hereby ordered that all Confederate Prisoners of War that come within the terms of said accepted proposal, be released and sent to Fort Monroe, there to be detained, subject to the orders of Lieutenant Colonel John E. Mulford, Agent for the Exchange of Prisoners, to enable him to carry the proposal into effect.
In executing this prder, the expression "confinement, (close,)" will be construed as meaning prisoners confined in cells.
Adjutant General's Office, Washington, January 18, 1865.
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