Re: Libby Prison
- Hi Rich:
Since Libby Prision, Richmond, VA, was a Confederate Prison, I am
assuming your prisoner was a Union soldier. I would send for a copy
of his service/medical/pension files from the National Archives.
Some of the files are merely muster rolls, some contain more info. My
GGGGrandfathers medical file told info about the battle he was
wounded in, his wound, how they took care of the wound, listing the
changes of dressings, etc., as well as information about his death
and burial in Washington, D.C. The pension files may contain letters
verifying the time served in prison, as well as family information.
The more information you can fill in on the form, and save them from
searching, the quicker you will get copies of the files. If you are
close enough you can go to the NARA in Washington, D.C. and see the
original files and get copies made.
If you are looking for some general information and contemporary
(1860's) era photographs of the prison itself, try this website:
There are also copies (extracts) from the Richmond Dispatch and the
Pittsburgh Gazette on the website that list soldiers taken to the
prison, as well as other interesting information.
There are also some websites that have extracts from letters and
diaries of Civil War soldiers. You can search Yahoo or Google for
Good luck with your search.
--- In email@example.com, "Richard Jolitz"
> Greetings All....
> I've been trying to track down a census of prisoners held at Libby
> during the Civil War.do
> I have a bit of information about my family roots, and am trying to
> something my grandmother never quite accomplished - a familyhistory.
>one of our
> She had some papers, which I can't seem to locate now, but I know
> irish ancestors was held there.clueless....
> Any suggestions would be much appreciated since I'm pretty much
> [don't you hate having to admit that?! ]
> Rich Jolitz
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