With the number of prisoners of war quickly growing, Federals and Confederates agree to a tentative system of prisoner exchange.
John Pope, commanding the Federal Army of Virginia, issues orders that spark fury throughout the South and threaten to change the character of the war.
October 6, 1864 – General Robert E. Lee discussed prisoner exchanges and made one more effort to take back Fort Harrison, southeast of Richmond. Lee’s Confederate
August 27, 1864 – Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant instructed the Federal prisoner exchange agents to refuse any Confederate offers to exchange prisoners. By this
April 1, 1864 – Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant issued “most emphatic” orders to take no action on agreeing to exchange prisoners of war without