The Federal prisoners in Richmond.
of the 79th New York Regiment, who was among the Federal
prisoners lately released and sent home, publishes a letter in the New York Herald, of Friday last, from which we make the subjoined extract:
There is one thing I cannot refrain from adverting to — the feelings of the wounded and prisoners towards our Government.
If the passive treatment they are now receiving is continued, and which is hostile to every principle of civilized warfare, there will be such a howl from those dungeons and hospitals as shall be felt throughout the whole length and breadth of the North
, and would do more to damage our cause than two such battles as at Manassas
; besides, it will bring down upon the Administration the condemnation of other powers — in short, the whole civilized world.
It would be injudicious to say more on this subject at present.
You may hear from me in a future communication.
I had a petition to his Excellency
from the imprisoned officers.
I showed it to Gen. Winder
, of the Confederate forces.
He said he could not allow it to pass without showing it to the War Department, and if they passed it, it was to be sent by Adams' Express.--The prisoners anxiously await the result of this petition before giving vent to their feelings.
I have brought with me about four hundred letters from the prisoners and wounded.--Should any of their relatives or friends wish to communicate with them, address their letters, "Prisoner of war, care of General Winder
," and delivered open at Adams Express office, I have been assured by the General
that he will faithfully see them delivered.
The same with clothing and money.
In concluding this letter, allow me to bear testimony to the uniform kindness to us — wounded and prisoners — by the Confederate
authorities; they did all in their power to ameliorate our condition.
To Col. Stone
, of the Fourth South Carolina Regiment, and Dr. Smith
, of the Nineteenth Mississippi, I am under an everlasting debt of gratitude for supplying the wounded in my hospital with food when we were starving, my hospital being.
In a wild, unknown to public view.
The farmers and soldiers in camp often brought good, substantial tokens of their visits.