Wednesday, January 22, 1862
As he marked the third month of his captivity, Charles Peirson faced disappointment. On Monday Dr. Edward Revere's parole had been rescinded. In order to affect some relief for the jailed hostages Peirson sent a letter to Provost Martial Jonathan Winder requesting a substitution of seven officers for the hostages, including himself and Lieutenant George Perry of the Twentieth Massachusetts.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. 135, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.