Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Two Hundred Union Men Imprisoned in Richmond

(From the Richmond Enquirer of the 19th.)

“The order issued by Secretary of War Benjamin, on Tuesday, for the release upon parole of all the Federal Prisoners now held in this city, at Salisbury, N. C., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and other points of the Confederacy, numbering in the aggregate about three thousand, will have the immediate effect, we presume, of inducing a reciprocal discharge upon like terms of an equal number of Confederate prisoners.”

“There are confined in the prisons of this city about two hundred Union men, chiefly from Western Virginia, whose detention will not, of course, be affected by the order of the Secretary of War.”

Jeff. Davis said, in his proclamation of a day of fasting and prayer, issued the day after the above publication:

“Law has everywhere reigned supreme, and throughout our wide spread limits personal [liberty] and private right have been duly honored.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 8, 1862, p. 2

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