Wednesday, January 1, 1862
In Ligon Prison Charles Peirson reflected on the passing of the year 1861, noting that it was arguably the most momentous year in our nation's history. He remained optimistic about the arrival of the new year and that it would herald changes for the good, including peace for the nation and release from prison. He observed that his experience in prison " ... deprived us of experience, rank, and opportunity which others, who were more fortunate, enjoy. But we are in strong hope that another month or at least two will end this imprisonment ..."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. 127-8, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.