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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.35 (search)
eving guards every two hours, calls of sentinels and clanking of arms, that sleep is of short duration and very unsatisfactory. January 5th We amuse ourselves playing chess and cards, and reading a few old magazines. Captain Rankin received a kind letter from a lady signing herself Margaret J. Nisbet, telling him she had noticed his name published with other prisoners recently confined at the Old Capitol, and that she wrote to inquire concerning her relatives in Georgia, the Lumpkins, Cobbs and Nisbets. As Captain R.'s wounded arm prevented his writing, I replied for him, giving such information as we had. William P. Wood and Mr.----Clark are the prison superintendents. The latter seems to have special charge of us: he is a rough, but not a cruel man. On the same floor, near our room, the eccentric Miss Belle Boyd was recently imprisoned, and a few ladies are reported to be still here. Miss O'Bannon, of Shepherdstown, Virginia, was lately brought here for giving information