Departure of Yankee prisoners.
--Three thousand three hundred of the Yankee
prisoners left Richmond
on Saturday for Varina
to be exchanged.--Such as could not walk were conveyed away in wagons.
The officers, of which there were went in carriages, provided for the purpose.
As the long line filed past the C. S. Prison
, on Cary street, they greeted their less lucky compeers with sizable cheer.
A small cavalry escort accompanied them down.
Another large gang were started for Aiken
on James river
, yesterday morning.
During Saturday and Sunday five thousand two hundred and twenty eight were sent away.
This leaves on hand only about seven hundred, a good many of whom are in the hospital under treatment for wounds or disease, who were unable to bear removal.
Three Yankee women and eight Yankee deserters, or rather men who came over to us and professed to be such, were sent from Castle Thunder.
Though these deserters professed to have left their brethren in great disgust, they were very willing to be sent back to the North
The departure of the prisoners will save the Confederate Government an expense of about $4,000 per day, which was the average that their food as soldiers cost.