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Letter sent by Titian J. Coffey to Judge Thomas White from Washington D.C. on January 5, 1864. [Assistant Attorney General] Coffey writes to discuss how arrangements for the exchange of Harry White, Thomas's son, are going. There is currently very little hope for exchange. The Department of War acting at the direction of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton has denied Coffey a pass to City Port, Va. and is refusing to offer to exchange Confederate Brigadier General Trimble for Harry. Coffey believes that the only hope Harry has is if Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin comes to Washington and convinces President Lincoln that it is vital that he act [because of Pennsylvania's political emergency--Harry White is not present in the State Senate to vote in support the war.] Coffey believes that only Curtin can get Lincoln to overrule the Secretary of War and push the exchange with Trimble through. [note: This letter is dated January 1863, however, since Harry White was not imprisoned until June of 1863, it is more likely that this letter was written in January of 1864]




White, Thomas, 1799-1866. Coffey, Titian James, 1824-1897—Correspondence. Curtin, Andrew Gregg, 1817-1894. Pennsylvania. Governor (1860-1864 : Curtin). United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865—Prisoners and prisons. United States, History, Civil War


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Letter from Titian J. Coffey to Thomas White, January 5, 1863 [1864]