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Requesting Prisioner of War Back Pay


1304 Missouri Dept of 1863
Missouri, Dept of
November 29, 1863

J.M. Scofield
Major General

Requests that action may be had on the cases of Ordnance Sergeants Rounds and Swift who have made their escape from the rebels, having been captured in 1861.

Supposed from AG

Recd back (A.G.O.) January 4, 1864
Redc A.G.O. Dec 4/63

The claim for pay is allowed as in the case of other prisioners of war
By order of the
Secretary of War
Edw__anby
Buy___land
War Dept
Dec. 30, 1863

Adjt Genl

Decision communicated to Comdg officer Dept. of the Missouri. - See letter of Jan. 5, 64


Edward D. Townsend was the principal executive officer of the War Department, working closely with President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, it was under Townsends' signature that orders originated from the War Department.

Head Quarters, Department of the Missouri
St. Louis, Mo., November 29th 1863
Colonel E.D. Townsend
Assistant Adjutant General
Washington, D.C.
Colonel
I consider it my duty to again ask the attention of the War Department to the case of the two Ordnance Sergeants, (Rounds and Swift) who were captured while on duty in 1861 by the rebels at Fort Arbuckle and Smith respectively, have excaped since our occupation of Fort Smith, and have been for some weeks waiting instructions at that post.
Their cases have been represented by the General Commanding the District of the Frontier, as entirely meritorious and I have had the honor to forward all papers relating to their cases which have been received at these Head Quarters.

John McAllister Schofield held various commands in the Trans-Mississippi Theater from 1861 to 1863, most of the time in command of the Army of the Frontier. (Major General)

The Sergeants are represented as being destitute of money and with families to support. They have pay and clothing due since March 1861.
I have the honor to request that such favorable action may be had on their cases, as may be best for the interests of the services.
I am Colonel,
Very respectfully,
Your obt servt
JMSchofield
Major General
Comd'g