Saturday, November 26, 2011

Journey of the Captives

Tuesday, November 26, 1861

Despite General Winder's order earlier in the week prohibiting communication between the hostages at Henrico County Jail and their fellow prisoners in Ligon Factory, Major Paul Revere managed to send news to Adjutant Charles Peirson. Major Revere reported that he and Colonel Lee were well, but that two of the hostages, Colonel Cogswell and Captain Rockwood, were ill.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. 121, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.

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