Late Northern News.
the wounded prisoners recently released from Richmond
— their Treachery, lies, and ingratitude.
The Baltimore American
, of the 9th, contains the following extensive account of the return of the wounded prisoners sent from this city about ten days ago to Fortress Monroe
It will be remembered that they were released unconditionally, after several months of the kindest attention in a comfortable hospital.--When they left they were unanimous in their praises of the attention they had received.
Their insincerity, as evidenced in this account, seems almost fabulous, and furnishes us with an unmistakable proof of the utter want of honor that exists in the breasts of even those of our enemies to whose good opinions we are best entitled:
--The steamer Express this morning, by agreement, the Confederate steamer Northumberland
, with a flag of truce, twelve miles above Newport News, and brought down fifty-seven wounded prisoners, released yesterday at Richmond
.--They were made prisoners at the battle of Manassas
They report that there are about 5,000 troops in Richmond
, and that the Confederate army on the Potomac
is supposed to number over 150,000 men. Apprehensions of an attack by the Federal fleet on the seaboard cause the greatest anxiety.
Powerful batteries have been erected along the James river
, in anticipation of an advance of the Federal
army in that direction.
The armament has been recovered from the steamer Jamestown
The prisoners did not see the much-talked-of steamer Yorktown
, having probably passed her during the night.
The troops at Richmond
are composed of North Carolinians and Georgians.
Owing to the apprehensions of an attack on the coast, Gov. Brown
, of Georgia
, has recalled five of the Georgia
regiments from the Confederate army to defend the State
The Confederate troops were suffering greatly from want of medicines, clothing, and certain kinds of food.
Articles cut off by the blockade were bringing fabulous prices.
The prisoners say they were released for the reason that their wants could not be supplied.
They have been obliged to sleep on the floor during their imprisonment.
was at Manassas
, and Jefferson Davis
returned to Richmond
on Saturday last, in feeble health.
Speculation was rife as to his successor.
Seventeen of the released prisoners, who are unable to go home, have been sent to the hospital at Old Point
The others go North to-night.
has been declared a prisoner of war by the Confederate Congress, and is still confined in Richmond
Col. De Villiers
, of the Seventh Ohio regiment, whose escape has already been stated, made his escape from his imprisonment at Richmond
by stratagem, and was nearly six weeks in making his way to Norfolk
is expected to return to-morrow from his visit to Washington
arrived at Old Point
this morning, and will proceed to Hatteras Inlet by the first boat, to assume command there.
Their arrival at Baltimore — interesting intelligence from Richmond.
By the steamer Louisiana
, Capt. Solomon Pearson
, of the Bay
Line, which entered this port shortly after six o'clock yesterday morning, we have received several items of considerable interest in relation to affairs throughout Virginia
, which will command an attentive perusal.
, which left here on Sunday evening, brought up thirty-three wounded prisoners of Federal regiments who were captured at the battle of Manassas
, on the 21st of July. Some have lost a leg, some an arm, and others are otherwise disabled.
The reason why they received their discharge is supposed to be owing to the large number of Confederate sick and wounded, and the recent order for the removal of all the sick and wounded from Manassas Junction
Discharge of Federal prisoners.
On the 21st of July, the day after the battle of Manassas
, the wounded were conveyed in long trains of wagons and ambulances to the railroad depot and thence to Richmond
, where they were imprisoned in one large three-story tobacco warehouse, and confined therein until the day of their discharge, which was on Sunday, when Surgeon General Gibson
, who had been very attentive to them, appeared and read a list of the parties whom he said were unconditionally discharged.
He also told them that they would be carried near Fortress Monroe
in a steamer by way of James river
, and soon peach their homes, which account was received with applause.
A short time afterwards a number of wagons drew up in front of the prison, when the roll was called, the wagons occupied, and after a short time reached the wharf of the steamer Northumberland
, upon which they embarked.
What they saw on the route.
The steamer soon got under way, and after steaming all night, reached her destination, a few miles above Newport News, and there blew off steam and awaited the arrival of the steamer Express, which, according to an arrangement with General Wool
, was to appear at that point.
The Express soon arrived, when the party were carefully removed upon mattresses to the main deck, anxious once more to behold the flag of their country.
The steamer soon departed, and the sick and wounded cheered in the most enthusiastic manner, delighted with the idea of soon reaching their homes and receiving the affectionate attention of their relatives and friends.
Although but few hours of the trip were made in daylight, yet the party state that they saw at least a half dozen strong and effective breastworks thrown up on the banks of the river, whilst in the background were hundreds of tents and many regiments of soldiers.
Both the large steamships Yorktown
were seen, the former stripped of her heavy armament, but well filled with men. The steamer stopped several times on the route, and at all the points there were regiments of soldiers, all of whom expressed the fiercest spirit of enmity to the North
, and declared that they would not lay down their arms until Lincoln
and his Cabinet should let the South
choose its own terms of separation.
They were well armed, but poorly dressed.
Many of the private soldiers wore pantaloons made of blankets, linsey woolsey, and even of the commonest carpeting.
Arrival at Newport News.
The Express reached the encampment of Newport News in an hour's steaming, and as soon as the arrival of the wounded was made known, the boat was surrounded by the military, who evinced their sympathy by the contribution of one hundred dollars for the purpose of helping them on their way home, a sum which was increased by the free offerings of several commissioned officers at Fortress Monroe
After a short detention at Newport News, the Express
, according to orders, left for Old Point
, where Surgeon Cuyler
, of the regular army, and his Assistant Surgeons
, investigated the various cases, and concluded to send twenty-four of them to the Army Hospital
, at the Old Point Comfort Hotel
, as they were too much debilitated to proceed further, at least for the present.
Of the funds contributed by the Tenth New York regiment, at Newport News, were distributed to the soldiers who reached here — the sum of two dollars each — as follows:
, McKensie, J. Malone
, C. Dunn
, Sergeant Donett
, Wm. Hanlon
, J. Butler
, R. M. Pratt
, W. A. Woodbury
, A. Whitehouse
, N. Brown
, Feinald, Woolenwoom, Mout, Kliner, Swift
, Mclutosh, Shurtliff
, Maine, Mould, Bolly, Silby, Lieut. Harvey Rockafellar
, Lieutenant commanding
When the boat left Newport News, the Tenth gave many cheers for the sick and wounded, and for the success of the Stars and Stripes.
Treatment of prisoners.
All the wounded who reached here, agree in the statement that they were treated more like caged beasts than human beings, and the first salutation in the morning, as well as the sentinel's cry at night, was ‘"Death to the — Yankees."’ The only kindness they received was from the surgeons of the Confederate army, who, in connection with their own surgeons, already named, were daily in attendance.
The hospital or jail in which they were confined, was a three-story tobacco warehouse, measuring about 40 by 120 feet. In the second story were confined seventy-six commissioned officers, and in the room above, five hundred non- commissioned officers and privates.
The windows were all iron-barred, and the guards very strict and severe upon the prisoners.
Mention has already been made of the shooting by the guard of a Federal prisoner, and the following are the facts of the case: The deceased was corporal Wm. C. Burke
, of the Seventy-ninth New York regiment, and he was shot whilst shaking his blanket from his prison window, as was required of the prisoners as soon as they arose from sleep.
The guard, a young Mississippian, called to him to stand back, and the order was complied with, when he was pierced in the breast by a musket ball.
He reeled, fell to the ground, and expired without uttering a single word.
He was buried the same day, and the guard acquitted.
He afterwards stated that he had determined to kill a Yankee, and was therefore satisfied.
The rations were regularly served to them, such as they were, consisting of salt bacon, a loaf of bread, and water twice a day. The commissioned officers were served with water three times per day, but none of the prisoners ever received tea or coffee, nor were they supplied with mattresses, bedding, or blankets of any kind; excepting those which they succeeded in purchasing.
That the wounded were greatly neglected in this respect, is evident from their condition at the present time.
Those who are left behind — and they are nearly five hundred in number — will suffer severely from cold if they are not provided with such necessaries.
The most intelligent of the prisoners, from whom these facts were obtained, declared that many falsehoods have been published in relation to Hon. Mr. Ely
, of New York.
Instead of being dejected and sad, he was decidedly the merriest man amongst them, and was active not only in comforting the wounded and cheering the hopeless, but foremost in such amusements as the prison discipline allowed.
One day he received a remittance of $50 from his friends, and he spent the whole sum in the purchase of provisions for the party.--On one occasion, when the roll was called, one of the men was asleep, when the sentry rushed up and dealt him a violent blow upon the head with the butt of his musket.
The main cause of Colonel Corcoran
's removal South was his resentment upon all occasions of insults offered him or his companions.
One Sunday a minister, whilst preaching, departed from his subject and denounced the North
, which elicited repeated remarks from the Colonel
, who, soon as the discourse was over, was heavily ironed, and a few days after sent South.
One of the prisoners declares that a remittance of $50, sent him by his mother, was seized by those who had charge of the prison and appropriated to their own use.
Of the officers who came up in the Louisiana
were Surgeons Swalm
, and Lieutenant Harry Rockafellar
, of the Seventy-First regiment.
The latter was in the thickest of the fight at Manassas
; had his left arm carried away by a cannon ball, and his mouth and left jaw fractured by a musket shot.
The Surgeons were released on the ground that they were non- combatants, and could have left Richmond
more than a month ago but for the fact that they were determined to remain with the wounded until the Secretary of War
granted them an unconditional discharge.
As for the Lieutenant
, he succeeded in escaping by stratagem.
When the roll of the discharged parties was first made out his name was placed thereon, but subsequently removed for reasons unexplained, and when about to leave the jail at Richmond
he was ordered back.
He soon cut off his shoulder straps, and, pretending to be lamed in the leg, limped his way to an ambulance, crawled into the lower part, and thus regained his liberty.
Provisions were excessively high in Richmond
, notwithstanding nearly all the army had left there, the whole force at that place not exceeding six regiments of a thousand men each.
The following were the prices which the prisoners paid when they wanted anything extra: Pound of Young Hyson tea, $2.50; common Rio coffee, 45 cents; sugar, brown, 22 cents; sweet potatoes, per quart,
6 cents; Irish potatoes, per quart,
8 cents; coarse salt, per part, 20 cents; butter of good quality 50 cents; beans, per quart, 25 and 28 cents.
There was no doubt that a considerable division of the army had left for the vicinity of Yorktown
by the James river
, as well as railroad route.
The parties saw several regiments on their way to that place.
Before leaving Richmond
they heard several times that Jeff. Davis
was so indisposed as to be unable to leave his room, whilst Gen. Beauregard
was constantly moving from Manassas
and back, superintending the army movements, &c. Col. Todd
(a connection of President Lincoln
) had charge of the prisoners, and he treated them at times in the most outrageous manner, being more severe than any of the rest.
Some of the prisoners before leaving obtained several Richmond papers, with the intention of bringing them along, but they were searched, and every copy taken from them.
One of them wrapped up a pair of old spurs in a copy of the Enquirer
and stuffed them in his bosom, but he was discovered in the act, and both paper and spurs confiscated, the officers declaring that the -- Yankees should not carry away a single paper of any kind.