Head Quarters, Department of Northern Virginia, 9th June 1862. Letter from Robert E. Lee, General Commanding, to George W. Randolph, 3rd Confederate Secretary of War. Lee is forwarding a letter to Randolph (who, incidentally, is a grandson of Thomas Jefferson and a descendant of Pocahontas):
"with reference to that part of the communication...which refers to the exchnge of prisoners, I respectfullly recommend that the necessary steps to be taken to effect it...I respectfully suggest that the previous experience of General H. Cobb makes him a suitable person...to arrange...a general exhcange on our part."
"the propositiion to supply the enemy's wounded in our hands with medical stores, cannot be entertained."