Saturday, December 7, 1861
Adjutant Charles Peirson briefly left his confinement in Ligon Prison to distribute clothing to fellow prisoners and to visit the sick in Richmond hospitals. The clothes were a gift from John Revere, father of prisoners Dr. Edward Revere and Major Paul Revere. Peirson heard rumors of fighting at Manassas and observed that approximately fifteen-hundred Confederates in Richmond hospitals had been struck with typhoid pneumonia. 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.