Fw: [CIVIL-WAR] News from Rebel Sources,Attempt to Escape Libby Prison: Jan 2-1864
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Subject: News from Rebel Sources,Attempt to Escape Libby Prison: Jan 2-1864
> Spirit of the Times
> Batavia NY
> January 2-1864.
> News from Rebel Sources.
>>From the Richmond Whig, Dec. 16.
> The Richmond correspondent of the Atlanta 'Appeal' describes a recent
> visit to the Hotel d'Libby, in this city. He says that he found the
> passages and ante-rooms of the prison piled up with boxes and bales of
> clothing and provisions, which had just been received from the North by
> of truce. Upon ascending to the upper stories of the building occupied by
> the prisoners, he saw the greatest profusion of comforts and luxuries, in
> the way of provant that even a riotous imagination could conceive. Hams,
> smoked beef, Bologna sausages, hung from the rafters; tin cans of potted
> meat, oysters, sardines, green peas, etc., etc., were arranged on shelving
> against the walls, while the finest pippins rolled along the floors.
> packages of new publications, sets of chessman, backgammon boxes, &c.,
> had apparently just been opened for distribution, prove that the Yankees
> not intend their unhappy brethren should die of ennui.
> The prisoners themselves were variously occupied, some lying at full
> length on the floor, deeply involved in the tragic events of Miss
> novels, others playing whist and euchre, or deeply pondering the gambits;
> others asleep, others again eating their dinners. Brig-Gen. Neal Dow was
> lapping up the soup furnished by the prison cook with evident
> One man only was reading the Bible. All looked in fine health, and seemed
> remarkably cheerful.
> Attempts to Escape from Libby Prison
> There were, on the 14th, in the Libby Prison and it dependencies, over
> 10,000 Abolition captives. In this number are included 983 commissioned
> officers, domiciled in the Libby, under the immediate supervision of Major
> Thomas P Turner. By the record it appears that nine were received on the
> 4th inst. Twelve died the same day. The arrivals for several days past
> not been very numerous. On last Friday night Captain Anderson, of the
> Indiana cavalry, (Strait's command,) Lieut. Skelton, of the 19th Iowa
> regiments, (a red-headed, bullet-eyed, pestilential Abolitionist,) escaped
> from the hospital of the Libby Prison by bribing the sentinel, one Hack, a
> member of the 10th Virginia battalion of heavy artillery. This person was
> purchased for $40. The escape becoming known, the occurrence elicited
> inquiry, which led to the arrest of the delinquent sentinel, who will be
> tried by court-martial for the offence with which he stands charged.
> On Monday night three more unsuccessful attempts were made by four of
> the officers confined in the centre building to leave surreptitiously.
> Through the vigilance of Private P Fagan, of Captain Whittington's
> Alexandria artillery, Co H, a guard at the prison, the conspiracy to
> was made known to the officers in command. The four Yankees alluded to
> sounded Fagan on the subject of the escape, and he for the nonce pretended
> to be willing to receive the bribe they offered. Communicating what he
> done to Major Turner and Adjutant La Touche, he was instructed by them to
> receive the money, while they would see that the parties were foiled in
> their undertaking. About 12 o'clock the parties, after forcing open the
> door, emerged into the street and approached Fagan and were in the act of
> paying over the bribe, when, something exciting their suspicious, they
> knocked down the sentinel and precipitately retreated into the prison.
> Those in charge of the prison appeared at this juncture, pistol in hand;
> on searching the locality from which the parties emerged, everybody was
> found fast asleep.