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Letter from Wm. E. Merrill to J. G. Totten Regarding Possible Exchange With Philip M. Terrill, January 24, 1862.

RICHMOND, January 24, 1862.

General J. G. Totten, Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army.

SIR: I have the honor to state that yesterday afternoon I received a visit from Lieutenant Terrill, of the Twenty-fifth Virginia Regiment, who was captured at Beverly, W. Va., on the 12th of July last and was paroled by General McClellan. This visit was for the purpose of effecting an exchange with me. he is a first lieutenant and was captured in the same department that I was. He thinks that if information is sent to Fort Monroe and thence to General Huger of the willingness of the Government to release him from parole on the condition of my release that there will be no difficulty with the authorities here. Captain Todd, of the Lincoln Cavalry, wished me to mention that he is endeavoring to effect the same thing with Captain Smith, of the Twenty-fifth Virginia. Captain Hunt left here with the idea that he was exchanged for the latter. If so no such information has arrived here.


First Lieutenant, Engineers.

Copy of Lieutenant Terrill's card:

25th Regt. Va. Vols. (Lt. Col. Heck).
captured at Rich Mountain, July 12th, 1861.

Copy of indorsement on above:

I inclose Lieutenant Terrill's card. He is a brother of Captain Terrill, late of the artillery.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 3, pg. 213

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