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Arkansas (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
ers, no. 54.Adjutant and Inspector General's office, Richmond, August 1, 1862. I. The following orders are published for the information and observance of. all concerned: II. Whereas, 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 no provision is made for any compensation to the owners of private property thus seized and appropriated by the military commanders of the enemy: III. And whereas, by General Order, No. 11, issued on the 23d July, 1862, by Major-General Pope, commanding the forces of the enemy in Northern Virginia, it is ord
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
errible — the air suffocating. We expected to go right up the James river and be exchanged at City Point. We were most cruelly disappointed. Orders were received to carry us to Fort Delaware. Whene exposed to the rain, which was continued for days. We were marched through mud and water to City Point, a distance of near one hundred miles by the route taken. The first sustaining food I receive Your last resolution, if persisted in, settles the matter. You need not send any officers to City Point with the expectation of getting an equivalent in officers, so long as you refuse to deliver anrisoners. During those weeks you have dispatched Captain Mulford with the steamer New York to City Point, three or four times, without any prisoners. For the first two or three times some sort of ananother occasion the following telegram, which ought to be conclusive on this question: City Point, August 18th, 1864. To General Butler--I am satisfied that the chief object of your intervi
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
elves in the frontier service. This latter arrangement partook rather of the character of a private speculation. A certain Judge Petty, of the oil regions of Pennsylvania, came to Rock Island with authority from the President of the United States, and offered a bounty of $100 to each man enlisted, with the assurance that such as were rejected by the surgeon should be released. Each man enlisted was a substitute for a citizen of Venango, Clarion, and other adjoining counties of Pennsylvania, who had been drafted to serve in the United States army. It was reported that these citizens paid $300 each to Judge Petty to obtain a substitute, but whatever he reing assassins. note.--This and the former statement concerning Mr. Stevens are confirmed to me by his literary executor and biographer, Hon. Mr. Dickey, of Pennsylvania.--G. S. Yours, faithfully, George Shea. No. 205 West 46TH street, New York, January 15, 1876. And now it only remains that we make a brief Summing
Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa (Iowa, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
he Potomac rivers in ashes and desolation. It is to pay for crimes like these, and keep in employment the men who committed them, that created the debt now weighing the people down. It was to pay such monsters, with their tools, that money was refunded by the General Government to the State of Missouri and West 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 States of America. You allege that the Congress of the United States refused to extend the investigation contemplated by a resolution, adopted by that body on the 10th of July, 1867, appointing certain parties to investigate the treatment of prisoners of war and Union citizens held by the Confederate authorities during the rebellion, to the prisoners
Rock Island, Ill. (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
the time grew worse; were finally taken to Rock Island, where he had no blanket, was stinted in fuons were then read, and we were dismissed. Rock Island is in the Mississippi river, about fifteen ew Orleans, connected with the city of Rock Island, Illinois, on the East, and the city of Davenporsferred were officers originally brought to Rock Island, but afterwards sent to Johnson's Island orof the oil regions of Pennsylvania, came to Rock Island with authority from the President of the Un represented in the war by the prisoners of Rock Island. If the report be true, Judge Petty struck oil at Rock Island for 1,797 times $200, or $359,400. Until June 1st, 1864, no reasonable compl The wretched condition of the prisoners at Rock Island was well known to the citizens of Rock Islaion and suffering of the Rebel prisoners at Rock Island is a source of agony to every heart not absPioche, Nevada, one of the Federal guard at Rock Island, which is a strong confirmation of the abov[2 more...]
China (China) (search for this): chapter 4.21
d 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 got bones only for several successive days. The expedients resorted to by the men to supply this want of animal food were disgusting. Many found an acceptable substitute in rats, with which the place abounded; and these Chinese delicacies commanded an average price of about four cents apiece — in greenbacks. I have seen scores of them in various states of preparation, and have been assured by those who indulged in them that worse things have been eaten — an estimate of their value that I took on trust. Others found in the barrels of refuse fat, which were accumulated at the cook-house, and in the pickings of the bones, which were cut out of the meat and thrown out in a dirty heap back of the kitchen, to be rem
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
commander, who fell into our hands, wounded, whom we could have brought off, though at the risk of his life, and a large number of other prisoners who were paroled (two or three thousand), were returned to duty in the Federal army without exchange; and among them was a Colonel, who pledged his honor that he would surrender himself and his regiment (paroled at the same time) if the validity of the parole was not recognized by his Government. Unfortunately, the capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, and the captures at Gettysburg, now gave the Federal Government a large excess of prisoners actually in hand, and enabled them to carry out the policy which they had all along evidently preferred. Instead of fulfilling the terms of the cartel, they cooly notified Judge Ould that henceforth exchanges will be confined to such equivalents as are held in confinement on either side. The plain meaning of this was that the Federal Government treated as a nulity the terms of the cartel, arid t
Pioche (Nevada, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
en. By command A. Schoepf, Brigadier-General. (Signed) George W. Ahl, Captain and A. A. A. G. We have received a paper from Mr. John A. Bateson, of Pioche, Nevada, one 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 gentleman of perfect truthfulness and reliability ; and he refers to a number of leading Republicans in the Northwest, with whom he has always been politically associated, for an endorsement of his character as a staunch Republican and honorable man. His, therefore, is not Rebel testimony, but that of a Union soldier, and a truly loyal Republican, whom Mr. Blaine cannot dismiss with the cry of traitor. Testimony of a Federal soldier. Pioche, February 19, 1876. During a period of ten months I was a member of the garrison of the Rock Island Military Prison. There were confined there about ten thousand m
Monroe county (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
as their instructor. This Heyward, secluded from the inquiring world, overawing and corrupting the press of his own neighborhood, was the most satanic of all the local tyrants of Missouri. At one time he gathered all of the old and respectable citizens of Hannibal, including such highly cultivated gentlemen of spotless escutcheon as Hon. A. W. Lamb, into a dilapidated, falling house, and placed powder under it to blow it to atoms, in case Hannibal should be visited by rebels. In Monroe county, two farmers were arrested by the provost marshal's guard, taken a short distance from home, shot down and thrown into the field with the swine. On the next day the recognized fragments of the bodies were gathered up by the neighbors and carried to their respective houses, and prepared for interment. The citizens were so respectable, the murder so brutal, the outrage so revolting, that people gathered from a long distance around to bury in decency the remains of those who had been
Andersonville, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4.21
s good enough for you, and far better than Andersonville. I depended very little upon the food iss that were in the others. I know not what Andersonville was. I do not doubt but there was great sudred and eighty-six died that month. At Andersonville the mortality averaged a thousand a month whole. At Elmira it was four per cent.; at Andersonville, less than three per cent. If the mortalitess at Elmira than at Andersonville. At Andersonville there was actually nothing to feed or clotd men. Soldiers who have been prisoners at Andersonville, and have done duty at Elmira, confirm thirvation of our prisoners at Belle Isle and Andersonville, by refusing to exchange soldiers because stilence of the prison pens of Raleigh and Andersonville, being more than all the British soldiers t of the responsibility for the horrors of Andersonville rests with General U. S. Grant, who refusetentional cruelty to Northern prisoners at Andersonville; that Judge Shea, at the instance of Mr. G[13 more...]
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