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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The treatment of prisoners during the war between the States. (search)
were well fed; but I have never been able to understand by what rule or principle of civilized warfare, an honorable prisoner of war could be immured for weeks in a stone casemate, among deserters, and prisoners under charges for violating the laws of war. It gives me pleasure to state that I experienced great kindness from some of the Federal officers during my imprisonment, and especially from a Major Lee, who succeeded Colonel Hill at Johnson's Island. He had lost an arm I think in Gen. Sickle's corps at Gettysburg. The surgeon of whose humanity mention was made above, was not the only Federal officer who during my brief prison experience protested to his superiors against the inhumanity of the prison regimen. The following statement can be vouched for as strictly accurate: Rock Island prison, 1864-5. By Charles Wright, of Tennessee. I record here my experience in Rock Island Prison, simply as a contribution to history. For the truth of what I state, in some cases I
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Some war history never published. (search)
pe of the volunteers for an advance are in accordance with the painful impression made on me when, in our council, it was revealed to me that the Army of the Potomac had been reduced to about one-half the legalized strength, and that the arms to restore the numbers were not in depot. As I then suggested, though you may not be able to advance into Maryland and expel the enemy, it may be possible to keep up the spirits of your troops by expectation, such as that particularly spoken of against Sickle's brigade on the lower Potomac, or Banks' above. By destroying the canal and making other rapid movements, to beat detachments or destroy lines of communication. * * * Very truly your friend, Jefferson Davis. The joyous exultation of the people over the victory at Manassas, on the 21st of July, 1861 (was followed by murmurs of dissatisfaction at what was termed a failure to reap the fruits of victory, and partizan zeal invented the excuse that the generals were prevented from pursu
The Daily Dispatch: July 23, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Federal deserter from St. Rosa Island. (search)
a great amount of sickness. The Mississippi, the largest vessel out there when he left, carries three hundred and fifty men and eleven large guns. The other steamer were smaller and used as supply ships. The Niagara carries five hundred men and twelve eleventh Dahlgren guns. He states further that immediately after the arrival of the steamer from New Orleans, announcing the departure of the Sumter, the Niagara sailed in purenit. He adds that they are looking daily for the arrival of Dan Sickle's brigade to reenforce them, not having had advices of the brigade being disbanded. He says there are others who are anxious to desert, but with these exceptions they are all eager to fight. The reasons for his desertion are bad treatment generally and an innate dislike to land service, having been left by the Niagara. He has an intelligent cast of countenance, speaks well, and needs fair language. His story is plausible, and we give more than usual credence to to his statements.-- Fensa
Mr. W. left the of Maryland last Saturday, with his family in an open boat. The passage of the my and dangerous, and he was the necessity of throwing a portion of the overboard to prevent the swamping of the trail vessel. After undergoing many trials and privations, the party successfully reaching Fredericksburg, and arrived in Richmond yesterday morning by railroad. The lower common of Maryland are ammunitions for secession, while the on Pennsylvania, have Lincoln affiliations. Sickle's Brigade has invaded the Southern part of the State, searching and plundering horses, harassing unoffending citizens, stealing negroes, and performing all the acts of diabolism for which the Yankees are noted. The members of the Maryland Legislature who were recently arrested by order of the Federal Government, are now confined at Fortress Monroe, together with the Hon. Henry May and other "political prisoners." Col. Zar Thomas are so far from having escaped from Fort McHenry, has been tra
Yankee treatment of their prisoners. Henry R. McIvar, a paroled prisoner, who arrived to this city on Tuesday, gives us some interesting information of the treatment of our prisoners who were captured by the Yankees on the 28th. After they received the news of their final disaster, they placed the prisoners behind Sigel's division in the retreat exposing them to the fire of the Confederates, Messrs. Sickle and Sanford Picket, two aged gentlemen, over 70 years of age, were forced to march through the rain to Alexandria. On arriving at Alexandria some ladies brought some food to the prisoners, who had eaten nothing for four days save three crackers, but were driven away from them at the point of the bayonet, the officer telling his men to "clear those secesh bitches" away from there. The Federal refused to parole C. Bald who Assistant Surgeon to the 33d Va. At Fortress Monroe several Germans took, the oath, and when their fellow prisoners taunted them with their flame the Federa
dging from the number of vessels, we think it safe to estimate the number at 15,000 or 20,000. Arrival of more prisoners. On Saturday forenoon, a guard of Capt. Winfield's Sussex cavalry arrived with a batch of five Yankee prisoners, taken near Hood's, in Prince George county. They were immediately conducted to headquarters at the Custom-House, and from thence to Petersburg Jail, where they are now confined. They give the following as their names: Benj. Luche, 1st Excelsior, Sickle's brigade. Samuel Hammond, 69th Penn. Wm. Rowland, 71st Penn. Wm. Carlisle, 106th Penn. Samuel C. Snyder, 100th Penn. These prisoner state that in company well going 45 or 52 others, they had seized upon small boats and fled across the river. They express themselves as literally disgusted with the war, and signified their willingness to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederate Government. They state that thousands would cross the river could they find means o