Saturday, November 23, 1861
The prisoners received disheartening news concerning their situation. Provost Marshal General Jonathan Winder prohibited any further communication between the prisoners at Ligon Factory and the hostages at Henrico County Jail. He also refused any communication between the prisoners and Lieutenant Colonel Palfrey through General Nathan Evans at Leesburg.1
1Charles Lawrence Peirson, "Memorandum of the Battle of Leesburg," Association of Officers of the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment, Reports, Letters and Papers Appertaining to Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, vol. 1, p. 120, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.