Thursday, January 9, 1862
In Ligon Prison Charles Peirson received the first tangible news of a possible release. Captain George Gibbs, Commandant of Richmond, offered to parole Charles Peirson north for thirty days to facilitate an exchange for a Confederate soldier imprisoned in Fort Warren. This plan required approval of the Confederate government before taking effect.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. 130-31, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.