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The Daily Dispatch: March 31, 1864., [Electronic resource], A Yankee Opinion of the treatment of their prisoners by the Confederates. (search)
y in his composition; which brighten upon acquaintance. His unexpected kindness to the footsore and weary prisoners he recaptured after their attempt to escape with the famous "one hundred and ten" last month, is very gratefully remembered. Col. Sanderson discredits the statement made by some negroes that a thousand pounds of powder have been placed in a pit under the prison to blow it up with all its inmates, in case of another attempt to rescue the prisoners. The commandant of Belle Isle Lieut. Victor Bossieux, is said to be a large-hearted man; and were the whole treatment of the prisoners to be confided to him but little cause of complaint would exist. But holding a very subordinate position, he finds himself constantly trammeled in every effort to improve or ameliorate their condition. Col. Sanderson and others of the officers and men are justly indignant at the attempt of certain returned prisoners to make "martyrs" of themselves by the publication of exaggerated