Before the Office of the
Commissary-General of Prisoners ‑ 1864
The work in the office of the commissary-general of
prisoners was arduous and important. The reports of all prisons, the
requisitions for extraordinary supplies, and every detail of the handling of
prisoners passed through his hands. Guided by these records and statistics,
he indicated to the provost-marshals of the various armies where the
prisoners should be sent. He issued his orders directly to the commanding
officers regardless of the departmental commanders; he determined how the
prisoners should be clothed and fed, and what accommodations in the way of
new buildings and stockades should be prepared for them. Through this
systematic method the whereabouts of almost every prisoner taken by the
United States troops was at all times a matter of record at headquarters.
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page 83 in 1911 book
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