The Confederate privateersmen.
--Among the paroled prisoners that arrived here yesterday were 82 men, composing the crews of the ships Dixie
, &c. We saw yesterday John Jonnelli
and Chas. Forrester
, two of the crew of the Dixie
, Capt. Moore
and Henry A. Rowan
, of the Petrel
, Capt. Percy
was captured on the 3d of August, 1861, off Charleston, S. C.
, by the U. S. frigate Wabash
; the Petrel
by the St. Lawrence
, after being out of Charleston, S. C.
, but a few hours, on the 28th of August, 1861.--The crew were closely ironed and sent to Hampton Roads
, where they remained three weeks, and were conveyed to New York on the Minnesota
, thence to Fort Lafayette, where there was no abatement in the severity of their treatment.
states that the Baltimore
ladies sent the Petrel
's crew a large lot of clothing, which was received by Lieut. Harvey
, of that vessel, and distributed.
He turned over the surplus to Mr. Gibson
, commandant of Fort Lafayette, for distribution among the other privateersmen.
distributed it to the chicken headed Confederates who had taken the oath of allegiance to the Yankee Government
, and on one of the sailor's asking him for clothes put him in irons, and so kept him till he was delivered up at Aiken
's farm, on Tuesday.
and the other men of the Petrel
were carried to Philadelphia
, and consigned to Moyamensing prison, where they were kept in irons for six months and twenty days, thence were carried to Fort Lafayette, where, after the departure of most of the able-bodied soldiers of the garrison to reinforce McClellan
, they were required to do police duty, and, refusing, were again ironed.
For months the threat of impending destruction was kept before their eyes, but when they found out that the Southern Government
would retaliate the minions of Yankee tyranny contented themselves with simply making their position as disagreeable as they could.
All of the men are unanimous in saying that their treatment has been infamous from the beginning.
Among those that came yesterday was the privateersman, Wm. Smith
, who was condemned by a Philadelphia jury to be hung as a pirate.