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The Daily Dispatch: December 15, 1862., [Electronic resource], Martial law — a Legal Decision in Petersburg about it. (search)
Recruits for the chain gang. --On Saturday seven loafers who had, at various times, fallen in the hands of the police for petty infractions of the law were brought up from the jail and carried before the Mayor, who ordered that they should be set to work as members of the chain gang. Jacob Manning, John Thomas, Benj. Page, Dan Hickey, Thos. McDonald, and Charles Grace, were ordered to work for a period of sixty days, and Jerry Sullivan, an old customer at the jail, and an inveterate toper, was put in for ninety days.