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 - had passed from view. At length we reached...
had passed from view. At length we reached Richmond, and where placed in Castle Thunder", we're all civilian prisoners, whether 'Northern or Snnth6rn loyalists arpplacrd. There were about six hundred of the'former and' eight hundred of the latter incarcerated when we arrived. The Southern Uhionistsare mostly from East Tennessee, North Carolina and Northern Virginia. Included among them however, are citizens from all parts- of the South. Very many of them were formerly possessed of vast wealth and influence and one of the prisoners was but a short' time since one of the largest planters' of Texas. Another who had in Jackson, Miss., thirty-five years was brought to Castle Thunder, with linen panto, worn out at tho knees, and with no other covering but an old striped shawl thrown over his shoulders. ...:.';•>-. The statement that the prisoners on Belle. Island had received :no :meat .for twelve days, and are compelled toJcill dogs and eat them to avoid starvation, is poasij- bly true; but in Richmond prisons, affairs, though bad enough, have not yet reached this desperate pass. Tho prisoners receive one meal a day, consisting of half a loaf of brcaJ and two ounces of meat..' In all. the poisons of the' city the same quantity of provisions is'fnrhished to the Unfortunate inmates. In every other respect'they'arb treated almost like dogs. They' are un- provided with any -clothing exctat what they may.have upon'-them when 'eajtur,cd, nor with 'blankets or bedding of any kind, but are compelled tqvlie-npon the hare and filthy ; fl6or8. The inmate s of Castle,: Thunder, of whom there are two hundred and forty on the upper floor, are crowded into apartments : "so Bmatt'that Itner'arfe ' in" parallel rows; 'fff when they are al-

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  1. Semi-Weekly Wisconsin,
  2. 05 Dec 1863, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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