Thursday, December 5, 1861
In Ligon Prison Adjutant Charles Peirson received two encouraging letters. In the first letter Naval Commander William G. Saltonstall offered to send assistance of any kind. In the second letter John Murray Forbes, a wealthy philanthropist and friend of Massachusetts Governor John Andrew, notified Peirson that he was trying to lodge credit in Richmond of one-thousand dollars to be used for the benefit of Massachusetts prisoners of war.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. 122, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.