The prisoners are all paroled, and were sent off today.
Paroling the prisoners was rather interesting to the lookers on. They were
required to affix their autographs to the parole, and it was curious to observe
that a large majority of them wrote it the same way, simply making the letter
X. Capt. Messenger, the provost marshal, was master of ceremonies. He is a very
eccentric man, and many of the prisoners scarcely knew whether to be pleased or
frightened at the curious questions he asked and remarks he made to them.
SOURCE: David L. Day, My Diary of Rambles with the
25th Mass. Volunteer Infantry, p. 39