Wednesday, December 11, 1861
In Ligon Prison Adjutant Charles Peirson heard rumors of fighting at Yorktown. He witnessed a large number of sick coming into Richmond hospitals from the Peninsula and observed that all available men were being sent out of Richmond, leaving few behind to guard the city.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. 123, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.