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The prisoners taken at Fort Donelson.
--how they are Treated.

--Lieutenant Wilson, of Graves's battery, captured at Fort Donelson, reached Corinth on the 29th ultima, having effected his escape from Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. He made his way uninterruptedly through Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, and Henderson, to the Tennessee line Lieut Wilson made his exit from the military prison by a novel mode, which it would be impolitic to state, but through which many more of our men may yet be enabled to escape. He makes the following report of the prisoners confined at Columbus, Ohio:

Reaching Columbus, the prisoners were divided into two parties, and placed within a half-acre enclosure, surrounded by a fence twenty feet high, with a platform on top, for the use of the sentinels. Thirty or forty were placed in rooms heated by barrel staves, where they remained twenty four hours without anything to eat. Owing to the filthy condition of the prison quarters, a great deal of sickness prevails, and a number of deaths have already occurred

If compelled to remain in their present situation through the summer weather, a large amount of disease and suffering must ensue The prisoners are allowed the same quality of food as the Federal soldiers, with the exception that insured of coffee, parched beans are furnished. The pure supplied is of such an inferior character that it is not eaten, $50,000 having been sent from Kentucky to the prisoner, with which purchases of whatever is desired are procured.

Large quantities of clothing have also been sent from Kentucky, and our soldiery are made as comfortable as the circumstances of their condition will admit of. Capt. Ross, formerly of the United States service, who commanded a battery of heavy guns at Donelson, has been released on his parole, and reports himself every five days at headquarters. No proposals for the release of prisoners have yet been made, although several, through the intercession of Northern acquaintances, have been sat at liberty.

Horace Maynard was in Columbus shortly after the arrival of the prisoners, and was instrumental in the release of three Tennessee, who took the oath and, wise discharged. All the field officer captured at Fort Donelson have been sent to Fort Warren,--The remaining commissioned officers being at Camp Chass, Columbus, Ohio.

Lieut. Wilson represents a unanimity of feeling in the North with reference to the rebellion, which they effect to believe is nearly at an and; there are, however, many sympathizers with us in Southern Lodians, some of whom afforded Lieut. Wilson facilities for reaching Kentucky. While at Indianapolis, a number of negroes belonging to Lieut. Wilson and others, were taken from them and set at liberty.

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