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The Daily Dispatch: March 31, 1864., [Electronic resource], A Yankee Opinion of the treatment of their prisoners by the Confederates. (search)
ers and letter-writers, tend to bring us into ridicule, and interfere materially in the humane efforts sometimes made to mitigate the real evils of the case. Maj. Thos. P. Turner, the commandant of the Libby, was a cadet of West Point for two years preceding the war. He is a very young man, but has the confidence of the Confederate authorities; a strict soldier and a severe disciplinarian, but not entirely unmindful of those virtues by which an enviable reputation is to be attained. Dick Turner, however, the Inspector of the Prison, (who, by the way, is not a relative of the Major,) is of an entirely different mould, yet has some streaks of humanity in his composition; which brighten upon acquaintance. His unexpected kindness to the footsore and weary prisoners he recaptured after their attempt to escape with the famous "one hundred and ten" last month, is very gratefully remembered. Col. Sanderson discredits the statement made by some negroes that a thousand pounds of pow