Five months with the rebels.
, of the 71st New York State Militia, captured at Bull Run
and lately released, has delivered a lecture on his captivity.
He gave detailed statements of his treatment in the Richmond
tobacco warehouses, and, says the reporter, ‘"did not forget the tyrannical and traitorous conduct of Lieut. Todd
, who seemed to be possessed of the spirit of a fiend in his treatment of them.
He used to go through the prisons, sword in hand, and twice he cut down two men for the most trivial causes, Sergeant Whitcomb
and T. D. Smith
, of the First Michigan Volunteers.--Three prisoners were shot at the windows for looking out, viz: N. C. Buck
, of the New York Seventy-ninth; C. B. Tibbetts
, of the New York Twenty-seventh, and R. Gleason
, of the New York Eleventh. Capt. George C. Gibbs
, who took charge after the removal of Lieut. Todd
, was a humane man, and allowed the prisoners every privilege, and did all he could to contribute to their comfort, consistently with his orders.
A ‘"United States
Prisoners' Court for the District
"’ was established in November for the trial of offenders, which resulted in checking many petty large soles--Hon. H. B. Hall
, of the Eighteenth New York, being elected Chief Justice
They also organized a company of 'Prison Invisibles,' and drilled daily, thus whiling award time.
They also established the 'Prisoners of War and, with the '"’