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The Daily Dispatch: December 22, 1863., [Electronic resource], Escape of prisoners from point Lookout. (search)
performed within ten miles of Richmond. In the course of a few months Capt. Wren's command became so large that Gen. Winder deemed a division necessary.--Two companies were therefore formed, and Capt. Wren was promoted to the office of Major. On several occasions this command volunteered to do special duty beyond the ten miles' limit, the officers never dreaming that they had the right to order the men beyond that limit. Not many months since Major Wren's command was turned over to Gen. Elzy, and attached to a command raised for general service. Finding that they were then in a position to be ordered to the field at any moment, Major Wren's companies sent in a protest to the Secretary of War, and that officer decided that company "A" could not be sent to the field, but that company "B" could. Not satisfied with this decision, some of the members of company "B," when they were ordered to do duty in King and Queen, obtained a writ of habeas corpus, and appeared before Judge Hal