Sunday, February 5, 2012

Journey of the Captives - The Release of the Hostages

Wednesday, February 5, 1862

Colonel Lee and Major Revere were released as hostages from Henrico County Jail and rejoined their comrades at Ligon Prison. Adjutant Charles Peirson had worked relentlessly on their behalf in Washington, D.C. and after his meetings with General McClellan and other government officials he was successful in changing the status of the Confederate privateers from pirates to prisoners of war, which changed the fate of Colonel Lee, Major Revere, and their fellow hostages in Richmond.1

1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 67.

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