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He is a little compound of fice and weasel, and having charge of the cleaning up of the camp, has abundant opportunities to bully and insult, but being, fortunately, very far short of grenadier size, he does not use his boot or fist as freely as his great exemplar. No one, however, was safe from either of them, who, however accidentally and innocently, fell in their way, physically or metaphorically. Of the same block Captain Bowden was a chip: a fair-haired, light-moustached, Saxon-faced Yank --far the worst type of man, let me tell you, yet discovered — whose whole intercourse with the prisoners was the essence of brutality. An illustration will paint him more thoroughly than a philippic. A prisoner named Hale, belonging to the old Stonewall brigade, was discovered one day rather less sober than was allowable to any but the loyal, and Bowden being officer of the guard, arrested him and demanded where he got his liquor. This he refused to tell, as it would compromise others, an
Charles Wright (search for this): chapter 4.21
of the State of Missouri, was that committed by an old counterfeiter named Babcock, who shot Judge Wright and his three sons, after decoying them from their own door. The details are too horrible 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 contributiothe British minister, in a letter to Mr. Seward, dated October 20th, 1864, in these words: * * * Wright complains very much of the quantity and quality of the food he gets as being insufficient and geo Mr. Seward: war Department, Washington City, October 12th, 1864. * * * * * * * * * Mr. Wright makes no complaint of harsh treatment, and the papers which he presents show that the officers of the Federal guard at Rock Island, which is a strong confirmation of the above statement of Mr. Wright. Mr. Bateson is vouched for by a district judge and a prominent lawyer of Pioche as a gentl
ine men had died in the hospital from my barrack, which did not have its full complement of men. I noted the names of the men to that date. They are the following: R. Shed, T. J. Smith, Allen Screws, D. W. Sandlin, Joe Shipp, D. L. Trundle, J. H. Wood, J. J. Webster, J. J. Akins, Thomas Pace, William Tatum, W. H. Dotson, W. R. Jones, C. E. Middleton, R. R. Thompson, William T. St. John, Samuel Hendrix, Jere. Therman, E. Stallings, E. Sapp, Thomas Burton, M. E. Smithpeter, J. M. Ticer, J. L.ght to them. 26--Prisoner shot in leg and arm while in his bunk at barrack 55. During August, and part of September, I was confined to my bunk with dysentery, and have few entries in may diary. 1864.  September 26--William Ford, Co. D, Wood's Missouri Battery, of barrack 60, killed by sentinel on the parapet. He was returning from the sink, and shot through the body at the rear of barrack 72. 26--T. P. Robertson, Co. I, Twenty-fourth South Carolina, shot by sentinel on parapet, and
ne Cemetery. Whilst his wife and friends were preparing his body for burial, Samuel R. Curtis sent a squad of soldiers, who stole the corpse from his wife, and buried it in a secret place. Mrs. Beatty was arrested for begging the release of Mayor Wolf, who was sentenced to be shot in retaliation. Wolf was respited and then exchanged; but Mrs. Beatty was put in prison, manacled, shackled, and chained with a heavy ball until the iron cut through her tender limbs, and the flesh rotted beneath Wolf was respited and then exchanged; but Mrs. Beatty was put in prison, manacled, shackled, and chained with a heavy ball until the iron cut through her tender limbs, and the flesh rotted beneath the irons, until she was attacked with chills; and in a lone cell, not permitted to see a human being, when her mind gave way under the terrible treatment. The surgeon protested against this vicious cruelty; still it was continued, until the very sight of the poor creature was frightful. So she continued until Rosecrans was removed. After Rosecrans was broken down in the army, like Burnside, he tried to retrieve his lost fortunes by cruelty, but failed. Neither the release of Strachan from t
ed with himself as to this one view of the case, yet there was the other pending charge of cruel treatment of our Union soldiers while prisoners at Andersonville and other places, and that, unless our Government was willing to have it imputed that Wirz was convicted and his sentence of death inflicted unjustly, it could not now overlook the superior who was, at least popularly, regarded as the moving cause of those wrongs; and that if Mr. Davis had been guilty of such breach of the rules for theary Justice. So there was no need of time to hunt it up. It has been asserted that Davis is responsible for the death by exposure and famine of our captured soldiers; and his official position gives plausibility to the charge. Yet while Henry Wirz — a miserable wretch — a mere tool of tools — was long ago arraigned, tried, convicted, sentenced, and hanged for this crime — no charge has been officially preferred against Davis. So we presume none is to be. The Tribune kept up repeati
Francis G. Wingfield (search for this): chapter 4.21
General Wild, the wife of John N. Chenault was arrested and taken under guard to Washington, where she was incarcerated for several days, fed on bread and water, in one of the petit jury rooms of the courthouse, and after she had been forced to leave at her home her nursing infant, but nine months old, where it continued to remain until its mother was released. During the period of her imprisonment, General Wild was waited upon at his hotel by three citizens of the county, to wit: Francis G. Wingfield, Richard T. Walton, and your correspondent, who importuned this officer to permit one of the party to take Mrs. Chenault to his residence in the village, each pledging his neck, and all tendering bond, with security in any amount which he would be pleased to nominate, for her appearance at any time and place in obedience to his order. This request General Wild promptly and emphatically refused, but graciously allowed her friends to supply her with suitable food at the place of her co
Henry Wilson (search for this): chapter 4.21
dge Shea, at the instance of Mr. Greeley and Vice-President Wilson, went to Canada to inspect the journals of ted to me, from recollecting conversations with Mr. Henry Wilson, the previous April, while we were together atr of war. I did consult with such friends, and Mr. Henry Wilson, Governor John A. Andrew, Mr. Thaddeus Stevens on this matter. At the instance of Mr. Greeley, Mr. Wilson and, as I was given to understand, of Mr. Stevensy me and submitted to Mr. Greeley, and in part to Mr. Wilson. The result was, these gentlemen, and those othe indictment for treason. In aid of this project, Mr. Wilson, chairman of the Committee of Military Affairs, otime, and necessarily caused people to infer that Mr. Wilson, at least, was not under the too common delusion . Davis individually; and a short time after this Mr. Wilson went to Fortress Monroe and saw Mr. Davis. The vaccuracy. These men — Andrew, Greeley, Smith and Wilson — have each passed from this life. The history of
gainst the persons of the prisoners, and their starvation, were carefully concealed from the public eye, and the Philadelphia papers made every effort to deceive the public in regard to these matters. On inspection days, when the people were admitted to the grounds, the prisoners got three times as much as upon other days. This was done to delude the people of the country, who never had any sympathy with these horrible crimes. Presley N. Morris, of Henry county, Georgia, was captured by Wilder's brigade, was divested of everything, marched five days on one meal each day, carried through filthy cars to Camp Morton, Indiana, on the 19th of October, 1863, where he was imprisoned in an old horse stable on the Fair Ground, without blanket, thinly clad, and without fire, until January, 1864, when he received one blanket; his body covered with rags and vermin, when the snow was from six to ten inches deep. Two stoves were all that was used to warm three hundred men, and then wood for ha
Edward A. Wild (search for this): chapter 4.21
w weeks subsequent to this event, Brigadier-General Edward A. Wild, with an escort consisting of twerg, Wilkes county, Georgia. By the order of General Wild, and in his presence, A. D. Chenault, a Metling to produce the money upon the order of General Wild, these three citizens, who enjoy the esteemalso hung up twice by his thumbs, and until General Wild was induced only by his groans and cries todown. Whilst this scene was being enacted, General Wild and his subaltern were both present, directgton, fifteen miles distant. By order of General Wild, a daughter of John N. Chenault, about the ripped to perfect nakedness. By order of General Wild, the wife of John N. Chenault was arrested . During the period of her imprisonment, General Wild was waited upon at his hotel by three citizce in obedience to his order. This request General Wild promptly and emphatically refused, but grac had been forwarded to General Steadman. General Wild was removed by the order of General Steadma
G. C. Whiton (search for this): chapter 4.21
t, on the 21st of September, I carried my report up to the major's tent, with the ghastly record of twenty-nine deaths yesterday, the storm gathered, which in a few weeks drove him from the pen, but which never would have had that effect if he had not, by his rudeness, attained the ill — will of nearly every officer about the pen whose good — will was worth having. I ascend from pills to provender. The commissary department was under the charge of a cute, active ex-bank officer, Captain G. C. Whiton. The ration of bread was usually a full pound per diem, forty-five barrels of flour being converted daily into loaves in the bake-shop on the premises. The meat-ration, on the other hand, was invariably scanty; and I learned, on inquiry, that the fresh beef sent to the prison usually fell short from one thousand to twelve hundred pounds in each consignment. Of course when this happened many had to lose a large portion of their allowance; and sometimes it happened that the same man
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