Friday, December 20, 1861
In Ligon Prison two Methodist missionaries visited Adjutant Charles Peirson and fellow prisoners. The missionaries prayed in silence and "preached peace and a fearful religion." After their visit Peirson quipped, "Either they are far behind [in] this age of enlightenment, or we are."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. 124-5, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.