Saturday, November 30, 1861
Dr. Edward G. Higginbotham, chief surgeon of the Richmond prison hospitals, confirmed to Adjutant Charles Pierson that hostages Colonel Lee and Major Revere were well. Peirson wrote a second letter to Captain George C. Gibbs about Lieutenant William Putnam’s sword, as he had not received a response from his letter of November 24.1
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. 120-21, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.