Friday, January 3, 1862
The prisoners of the Twentieth Regiment had reason to hope today from the news of the release of two hundred and forty prisoners, most of whom had been captured at Manassas. One of those released was Sergeant Emery A. Mellen of Company G of the Twentieth Massachusetts, who had been suffering from consumption during his 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. 129, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.