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The Daily Dispatch: May 27, 1863., [Electronic resource], Vallandingham — what will Lincoln do? (search)
Pardons. --Governor Letcher on Monday pardoned and released from the penitentiary four men, viz: Albert Mason, sent from this city by the Hustings Court for obtaining money under false pretences; John Turner, sent by the Circuit Court of Pulaski county for larceny; Charles E. Allison, sent from Buckingham county for horse stealing; and Charles Walker, alias A. J. Hill, sent from Appomattox county for grand larceny. These pardons were granted because the prisoners named had given information of a most extensive projected emeute amongst their fellow convicts, embracing in its ramifications the murder of the superintendent, guard, and all others who might seek to debar their access to the outer world. Information afterwards obtained verified the perfect accuracy of the information communicated by those pardoned, and justified their release from confinement.
Yankee Misrepresentation --The New York Tribune, of May 19th, contains the following paragraph: "That infernal brute, Capt. Turner, a few days since, had charge of some of our prisoners from Richmond to City Point, and caused a man of the 119th Pennsylvania to be bayoneted because he could proceed no further. The villain would not give the poor fellow even a drink of water. A soldier of an Ohio regiment, taken at Rome, Ga., was shot on Wednesday while reaching for a cracker at Belle Isle Prison. Our prisoners were compelled to walk from their places of capture at Fredericksburg to Richmond, thence to City Point. Some gave out on the march. A member of the 20th New York regiment died on the route." The delicate allusions in the foregoing are made to Capt. Thos. P. Turner, Commandant of the Libby Prison in this city. A contradiction would hardly seem to be necessary, yet we will state that Capt Turnerdid not accompany the Yankees to City Point--one party being in