the war he took part with the rebellion, and was commissioned major.
Some time in the spring of 1863, Armsey returned to his home, which was then in the Federal
lines, and commenced recruiting clandestinely for the Confederate
service, and while engaged in this work was captured, and condemned to death by hanging.
When the finding of the court-martial was presented to the President
for approval, he commuted the sentence to solitary confinement, as above stated.
Though the proceedings in Armsey's case were regular, and in strict accordance with the usages of war, the Confederate Government protested against his punishment, and when Major Goff
was captured, resolved to put him into like confinement as Armsey, as a measure of retaliation, and Major Goff
was accordingly taken from Libby
, and placed in close confinement, and kept there for several months.
had been guilty of no infraction of the laws of war. He was then very young, and belonged to a wealthy and influential family, residing in the same county as Armsey, and he was punished as a hostage more to gratify the private malice of some Confederates, who suggested it, than for any principle involved.
Officers in command of negro troops were treated with all kinds of indignity, when they were so unfortunate as to fall into rebel hands.
On one occasion, two line officers, commanding negro troops, were captured with two negro soldiers.
Upon their arrival at Libby prison a small apartment was extemporized, and all four confined together, and the officers compelled to mess with the negroes as a measure of degradation.
In December, 1863, General Benjamin F. Butler
was made Federal Commissioner
of Exchange, by an order from the War Department.
The Confederate Government refused to communicate with him, because Jeff Davis
had, at one time during Butler
's military administration at New Orleans, issued a proclamation, solemnly and pompously declaring General Butler
All communications from the Confederate Government, for a time, were addressed to Major Mulford
, who was in command of the flag-of-truce steamer; but the Confederates
soon saw their folly, and subsequently treated with General Butler
in relation to the exchange of prisoners.
But the refusal to treat with General Butler
was another obstruction thrown in the way of the exchange of prisoners used by the Confederate Government.
A cartel binds both belligerent parties, and when one party violates it for the purpose of gaining some advantage, the other party is not bound to abide by the obligations of the contract.
That the Confederate Government first violated the cartel, there can be