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St. Louis (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
who made some money in the Mexican war. He had lived in Saint Louis for many years, simply distinguished for his activity insfranchised the masses of the people; and in the city of Saint Louis the criminal vote elected the criminal McNeil as the she0 prisoners. The poor fellows, half starved, were met at Saint Louis by a supply of apples, cakes, tobacco and money. The ofdgment. John M. Weiner, formerly Mayor of the city of Saint Louis, was arrested in that city and kept in prison without anainst him whatever. After the cruel treatment common to Saint Louis prisons, he was transferred to Alton penitentiary, and fey was in very feeble health when he was carried down to Saint Louis on the hurricane deck of a steamer. When in Saint LouisSaint Louis, he was placed in Gratiot street prison, where he was subjected to every manner of filth, torture and suffering. The debtscribed in this paper, and sent under cover to friends in St. Louis and Albany, who mailed them. I mention this because the
Lincoln county (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
nation of witnesses, this officer observed that the facts which he had elicited fully corroborated the statements which had been forwarded to General Steadman. General Wild was removed by the order of General Steadman, and ordered to Washington city. Charges were also preferred against him, but the public is not advised that even as much as a reprimand was ever administered to him. The foregoing statement of facts will be avouched by many citizens of Washington, and of Wilkes and Lincoln counties. You are respectfully referred to James M. Dyson, Gabriel Toombs, Green P. Cozart, Hon. Garnett Andrews, Dr. J. J. Robertson, Dr. James H. Lane, Dr. J. B. Ficklin, Richard T. Walton, Dr. John Haynes Walton and David G. Cotting, the present editor of the Republican, at Augusta. Prompted by no spirit of personal malevolence, but in obedience alone to the instinct of a virtuous patriotism, I have thus a round unvarnished tale delivered of some of the actings and doings of this officer,
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
, frozen, tortured and starved. The great amount sent them by relatives was appropriated by the guards for their own use; and if they made complaint, the prisoners were shot, and the improbable story told that they had run guard, and that would be the last of their crime heard in the fort against the guards. Some of these poor fellows were whole days without fire, when the snow was a foot deep, or the water covering the ground. The author saw hundreds of these prisoners in the city of Pittsburg in the early summer of 1865, on their way to the Southwest, in the most loathsome condition. Their pitiable suffering and mournful stories were sickening, and would crimson the cheek with unutterable shame and horror. No words can portray the picture that he saw with his own eyes. Swollen gums, teeth dropping from the jaws, eyes bursting with scurvy, limbs paralyzed, hair falling off of the heads, frozen hands and feet. These were those that escaped. The dead concealed the crimes of t
Fall's Church (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
they termed it, and some salt pork, which we broiled by sticking it upon the ends of twigs and holding in the blaze of the fire. As soon as breakfast was over we were once more on the road, and at a most rapid pace. Proceeding nearly to Drainesville, the rear of the column was fired upon, when our gallant Major, dreading an ambuscade, tacked nearly right about, and at an increased speed proceeded nearly to Fairfax Courthouse, and then turning again toward the Potomac, carried us on to Falls Church, halting only about an hour in a very strong position to feed their horses. Thus these gallant fellows who, about 700 strong, had started out, as they said, expressly to catch Mosby, succeeded in capturing thirty-two citizens, in stealing some twenty-five horses, robbing private citizens along the whole line of their march of all kinds of supplies, and through fear of an attack made, on their return, a march of not less than forty-five or fifty miles in one day. On the morning of Septemb
Henry Clay Dean (search for this): chapter 4.21
is rendered difficult only by the mass of material at hand. We have enough to make several large volumes — we can only cull here and there a statement. Mr. Henry Clay Dean, of Iowa, who says in his introduction, I am a Democrat; a devoted friend of the Constitution of the United States; a sincere lover of the Government and ther than our taste would approve, the narrative bears the impress of truth on its face, and can be abundantly substantiated by other testimony: Narrative of Henry Clay Dean. In the town of Palmyra, Missouri, John McNeil had his headquarters as colonel of a Missouri regiment and commander of the post. An officious person whost Virginia, and the taxes saddled upon the people of the country. The following letter gives its own explanation: Macon, Georgia, October 7, 1867. Henry Clay Dean, Mount Pleasant, Iowa: Dear Sir — I have read your late communication addressed to The prisoners of war, and victims of arbitrary arrests in the United S
Mary Humphreys (search for this): chapter 4.21
martial, had one been held; had the parties been charged with crime, which they were not. Mr. Humphreys, also in prison, was to have been shot instead of one of those named above, but which one the change in the persons transpired in this way: Early on the morning of the execution, Mrs. Mary Humphreys came to see her husband before his death, to intercede for his release. She first went ten, who advanced the money at once. She returned with the money and paid it to Strachan. Mrs. Humphreys had her little daughter by her side, when she sank into her seat with exhaustion. Scarcely he had filled his pockets with money and satiated his lust, the provost marshal released poor Humphreys. Another innocent victim was taken in his place to cover up the hideous crime. The newspaperof the court-martial for his participation in the McNeil murders, and robbery and rape of Mrs. Mary Humphreys, nor his barbarity could save him from the contempt of the Radicals. After his brutaliti
William H. Ludlow (search for this): chapter 4.21
iumphant vindication of the course of our authorities: Lieutenant-Colonel Ludlow to Mr. Ould. headquarters Department of Virginia, Sehen we meet. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Wm. H. Ludlow, Lieutenant-Colonel and Agent for Exchange of Prisoners. Mr. Ould to Lieutenant-Colonel Ludlow. Richmond, April 11th, 1863. Lieutenant-Colonel William H. Ludlow, Agent of Exchange: Sir — Your Lieutenant-Colonel William H. Ludlow, Agent of Exchange: Sir — Your letters of the 8th instant have been received. I am very much surprised at your refusal to deliver officers for those of your own who have of Exchange. Judge Ould thus closes his correspondence with Colonel Ludlow: Mr. Ould to Lieutenant-Colonel Ludlow. Confederate StaLieutenant-Colonel Ludlow. Confederate States of America, war Department, Richmond, Virginia, July 26, 1863. Colonel William H. Ludlow, Agent of Exchange: Sir — Your communication Colonel William H. Ludlow, Agent of Exchange: Sir — Your communication of the 22d contests my declaration of exchanges of officers made on the 17th instant. You say the cartel provides for the exchange of equal
r. That order was approved by Abraham Lincoln. It was read before the inside garrison of the prison sometime in January, 1864. It was read at assembly for duty on the 2d, in front of the prison. It went into effect on the following day. It continued in force until the expiration of my term of service, and, I have understood, until the close of the war. When it was read, Colonel Shaffner, of the Eighth Veteran Reserves, was acting Provost Marshal of Prisoners. I think that it was Captain Robinson who read the order. It reduced the daily allowance of the captives to about ten ounces of bread and four ounces of meat per man. Some time in January a batch of prisoners arrived. They were captured at Knoxville. Sixty of them were consigned to barracks under my charge. They were received by me at about 3 in the afternoon. One of the prisoners inquired of me when they would draw rations. I told him not until the following day. He said that in that case some of his comrades must
T. J. Garrett (search for this): chapter 4.21
d 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 wounded in the back, while sitting in front of barrack 38, about 8 o'clock this morning. 26--T. J. Garrett, Co. K, Thirteenth Arkansas, shot by sentinel on parapet during the night while going to the sink. 27--George R. Canthew, of barrack 28, shot by sentinel on parapet. 28--Sentinel shot into barrack No. 12 through the window. October 4--Man killed in the frontier pen by negro sentinel. 21--I was taken out of the prison and paroled, to remain at headquarters of the post. In none of the above cases were the men attempting to escape or violating any of the known rules of the prison.
George Harris (search for this): chapter 4.21
private letter-book containing a large number of statements of prison experience by his fellow-prisoners. We can only extract one of these. Statement of Rev. George Harris, of Upperville, Virginia. On the morning of the 30th of August our quiet village was thrown into excitement by a report of the approach of Yankees. Fromhis business, when the following conversation ensued: Yankee. Are you the man of this house? Answer. I am. Yankee. What's yer name? Answer. My name is Harris; what is yours? Yankee. My name? Why my name is------. Then looking around, he espied some of the servants in the kitchen, a detached building, and awkwardour health, if not the lives of some of our party. But hitherto hath the Lord helped us, and in Him is our trust; we will not fear what man can do unto us. Mr. Harris, one the most devoted and useful ministers in Virginia, contracted disease at Fort Delaware, from which he was a great sufferer until, a few years after the war
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