Following the collapse of the Dix-Hill Cartel in the summer of 1863, all returns of prisoners reverted to special exchanges of one sort or another. The Federals insisted upon delivery of prisoners "man for man or equivalents" and a defacto recognition of their formal or proper exchange upon delivery. That means their individual parole obligations ceased to exist and they could return to duty. Confederate authorities continued to apply the Dix-Hill Cartel rules (as they interpreted them) in making individual declarations of exchange post delivery. The returning sick and debilitated were hospitalized or furloughed home as "paroled prisoners of war".
I have not had the opportunity to study the reverse flow of Union POWs coming out of Confederate prisons. I can tell you from the records that I have examined that 3,023 paroled Confederate prisoners (including 4 citizens, 4 surgeons, and 74 officers) were received by Captain W. H. Hatch, Confederate Assistant Agent of Exchange from Richmond on 15 NOV 1864 at Venus Point at the mouth of the Savannah River in Georgia. The reason for this shift in delivery points from City Point and Aiken's Landing (aka Varina Landing) to Venus Point was that both James River delivery points were in Union hands. Deliveries would resume on the James River in early 1865 across Cox's and Boulware's wharves on the north bank of the river between Richmond and Aiken's Landing.
I see a Hubbard H. DAKIN enrolled in the 1st Michigan Cavalry. I would like to be able to examine his Compiled Military Service Records (the ones that pertain to his being a prisoner of war). Can you send these to me as jpg images attached to an e-mail? The footnotes to these cards sometimes contain significant information.
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