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Alton (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
The above abbreviated statement has been made from ably written details of individual wrongs — each gentleman giving name, date, place and specific charges. The latter would make a large bound volume of itself, which want of space only apologizes for the abridgment. John M. Weiner, formerly Mayor of the city of Saint Louis, was arrested in that city and kept in prison without any charges against him whatever. After the cruel treatment common to Saint Louis prisons, he was transferred to Alton penitentiary, and from there made his escape, and was killed near Springfield, Missouri. Mrs. Weiner sent for her husband's body for burial in Bellafontaine 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
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
to be removed, were then sent under guard to Washington, fifteen miles distant. By order of Genermotion, and we were hurried off again toward Washington. Owing to various delays, we were not brought to Washington until afternoon. Near the city we were turned over to Captain Berry and Lieutena. R. Rathbone, United States army, came from Washington, and mustered the men into service. I was dt to Lord Lyons then the British minister at Washington, from which I make the following extracts: finement there, as well as by the records at Washington, the mortality was twelve thousand out of saresponsibility rests with the authorities at Washington; but we will strengthen the proof still furtas a fine opportunity for the authorities at Washington to stop the cartel and charge the Rebels witccordance with the general orders, issued at Washington. This very liberal proposition has not beenre denied an audience, and were spurned from Washington, to carry back the sad tidings that their Go[23 more...]
Schuyler (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
e for them. The weather on January 1st was the most intensely cold I ever experienced; and from all parts of the prison came intelligence of prisoners frozen to death. One died in one of my companies. He was reported to me, and I placed my hand on the corpse; it was frozen. This is the first time I have mentioned it. I cannot say that he froze to death. John A. Bateson, 115the E. V. R. C., Second Battalion. We have a long Statement of John J. Van-Allen, of Watkins, Schuyler county, New York, from which we make the following extract: Late in the fall of 1864, and when the bitter sleets and biting frosts of winter had commenced, a relief organization was improvised by some of the generous ladies and gentlemen of the city of Baltimore for the purpose of alleviating the wants of those confined in the Elmira Prison, where there were then several thousand prisoners. I had the honor to be appointed by that organization to ascertain the needs of the prisoners, to distr
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
ited States army. We could multiply such statements as are given above almost indefinitely. We have the diary of the prison experience of Rev. L. W. Allen (a prominent Baptist minister of Virginia), the diary of Captain Robert E. Park, of Georgia, the narrative of Benjamin Dashiels, of Colonel Snowden Andrews' Maryland Artillery, who was most inhumanly punished at Fort Delaware for refusing to give the names of friends in Maryland who were secretly ministering to the suffering prisoners,, by a general order, dated the 22d July, 1862, issued by the Secretary of War of the United States, under the order of the President of the United States, the military commanders of that Government within the States of Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, are directed to seize and use any property, real or personal, belonging to the inhabitants of this Confederacy, which may be necessary or convenient for their several commands, and n
Davenport (Iowa, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
articles. The prison regulations were then read, and we were dismissed. Rock Island is in the Mississippi river, about fifteen hundred miles above New Orleans, connected with the city of Rock Island, Illinois, on the East, and the city of Davenport, Iowa, on the West, by a bridge. It is about three miles in length. The prison was 1,250 feet in length by 878 feet in width, enclosing twenty-five acres. The enclosure was a plank fence, about sixteen feet high, on the outside of which a paraluenced by no other motives than common humanity and Christian duty, have sent supplies of clothing to these prisoners, but they have not been permitted to reach them. I have heard of sales of such clothing having been made across the river at Davenport, at very low prices. Is it possible that the authorities at Washington know of and approve these things. A good many have taken the oath, stating afterwards to citizens that they did so really to save them from starvation. I learn that the
Knox (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
d anything in the wicked annals of human depravity. At the instigation of McNeil, the provost marshal went to the prison, filled with quiet, inoffensive farmers, and selected ten men of age and respectability; among the rest an old Judge of Knox county, all of whom had helpless families at home, in destitution and unprotected. These names, which should be remembered as among the victims of the reign of the Monster of the Christian era, were as follows: William Baker, Thomas Huston, Morgan Bixler, John Y. McPheeters of Lewis, Herbert Hudson, John M. Wade, Marion Lavi of Rails, Captain Thomas A. Snyder of Monroe, Eleazer Lake of Scotland, and Hiram Smith of Knox county, were sentenced to be shot without trial or any of the forms of military law, by a military commander whose grade could not have given ratification to a court-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
Morgansville (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
ere finally discharged without charges or trial. In the persons of these gentlemen, were violated all the rights of freedom of person, of the press, of speech, and finally they were starved, and released after enduring the most offensive insults at the hands of a cowardly enemy. This crime transpired in California, where war had not gone, and their imprisonment was without pretence. T. Walton Mason, of Adairville, Logan county, Kentucky, says that he was surrendered by General Jno. Morgan, in Ohio, July 26th, 1863, and imprisoned at Camp Chase, then removed to Camp Douglas, where all of the horrors of that place were revived. In this camp Choctaw Indians were employed as guards. When money was given to the guards to buy provisions, they would pocket the money. The Indians shamed the whites for this breach of faith and petty theft. In November, 1863, seven escaped prisoners were returned, and subjected to the most cruel torture. They were taken out in the presence of the garr
Tucker (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
w, these criminals repealed the laws against their crimes; and provided in the constitution that crime should go unpunished if committed by themselves. To make themselves secure in their crime and to give immunity from punishment, they disfranchised the masses of the people; and in the city of Saint Louis the criminal vote elected the criminal McNeil as the sheriff of the county of Saint Louis--the tool of the weakest and most malignant tyrants. Milroy's order. Saint George, Tucker Co., Va., November 28th, 1862. Mr. Adam Harper: Sir — In consequence of certain robberies which have been committed on Union citizens of this county by bands of guerrillas, you are hereby assessed to the amount ($285.00) two hundred and eighty-five dollars, to make good their losses; and upon your failure to comply with the above assessment by the 8th day of December, the following order has been issued to me by Brigadier-General R. H. Milroy: You are to burn their houses, seize all their
Newtown (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
a prisoner. That he was transferred to Elmira, New York, where prisoners were starved into skeletvolume on his prison life at Point Lookout and Elmira, which we would be glad to see read by all whohs for the last month and a half of my life in Elmira, and transferred the figures to my diary, whicsided at this place, twenty miles distant from Elmira, where I have resided for nearly twenty-five yern prisons, more particularly at that of Elmira, New York, where I served as one of the medical offths. I found, on commencement of my duties at Elmira, about 11,000 Rebel prisoners, fully one-thirdents and other shelter allotted to the camp at Elmira were insufficient, and crowded to the utmost ebe seen that range of mortality was no less at Elmira than at Andersonville. At Andersonville these for their mortality. With our prisoners at Elmira, no such necessity should honestly have existesoners at Andersonville, and have done duty at Elmira, confirm this statement, and which is in nowis[11 more...]
Wheeling, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
us some tobacco, remarking, You will find some difficulty in getting such things on the way. The Colonel left us at the Ferry, and we found ourselves in the hands of a different set of men. We were put in the John Brown engine House, where. were already some twenty-five or thirty prisoners. There were no beds, no seats, and the floor and walls were alive with lice. Before being sent to this hole, we were stripped and searched. We stayed here about thirty-six hours, were then sent on to Wheeling, where we were put in a place neither so small nor so lousy as the one we had left, but the company was even less to our taste than lice, viz: Yankee convicts. We remained here two or three days, and then were taken to Camp Chase. We reached there in the night — were cold and wet. After undergoing a considerable amount of cursing and abuse, we were turned into prison No. 1, to shift for ourselves as best we could. At Camp Chase I made my first attempt at washing my clothes — having no ch
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