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Added September 27, 2000

Mutual Assurance insurance policy 11/20/1858; Mutual Assurance insurance policy for the buildings that became Libby Prison , taken out by George S. and Sarah J. Palmer for $16,000, with sketch of the property
Richmond Dispatch 10/2/1861; excellent account of the arrival in Richmond of federal prisoners and their route through the city to Mayo's factory prison
R. A. Lewis CSR, M331 8/12/1863; notes on the number of beds and supplies needed in the 5th Division, Winder Hospital
Mutual Assurance insurance policy 3/28/1864; Mutual Assurance insurance policy for the Libby Prison buildings, taken out by George S. and Sarah J. Palmer, with sketch of the property
Richmond Examiner 5/19/1864; list of wounded officers at General Hospital #4
Richmond Whig 4/6/1865; excellent, and lengthy, account of the evacuation and burning of Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/27/1865; Official directory of Union officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 5/13/1865; Official directory of Union officials in Richmond

Added September 20, 2000   

Mutual Assurance Insurance policy for the building which became General Hospital #4, with a sketch of the property
Mutual Assurance Insurance Policy from 1858 of the building that became General Hospital #12, with sketch of the property
Mutual Assurance Insurance Policy from 1858 of the building that became Robertson Hospital, with sketch of the property

Added September 17, 2000

Photograph of Maj. Thomas P. Turner, commandant of Libby Prison
Yorkville (S.C.) Enquirer 6/26/1862; details on the Manchester Hospital for South Carolinians
Yorkville (S.C.) Enquirer 6/26/1862; Details of J. Rufus Bratton, a surgeon at Winder Hospital
W. K. Tabb CSR, M331 11/20/1862; recommendation from A. G. Lane of W. K. Tabb for promotion; mentions Winder Hospital being the "largest in the Government"
Richmond Sentinel 8/12/1863; account of a deserter from Drewry's Bluff reporting that the fort garrisons only 90 men
Richmond Sentinel 8/25/1863; letter from prisoner at Libby
Richmond Examiner 6/30/1864; hilarious account of a "fistic scene."
Richmond Examiner 7/8/1864; few new arrivals to the military prisons
Richmond Whig 4/27/1865; Description of the explosion of the City Magazine on evacuation night and damage to the almshouse
Richmond Whig 4/27/1865; Rocketts has been taken over by the Federals and improvements are being made

Added September 14, 2000

    1863 Richmond City Directory, or "Stranger's Guide"

     Sulivane, Clement. "The Fall of Richmond: No. I -The Evacuation," B&L 4:725-726.

Added September 13, 2000

Richmond Dispatch 10/21/1861; arrival of more federal prisoners; there are now 1,189 prisoners in Richmond
Richmond Examiner 6/25/1864; 676 enlisted  prisoners and 67 officers arrive at Libby Prison; list of some of the more prominent officers
Richmond Whig 4/28/1865; "Richmond again taken," this time by photographers
Richmond Whig 4/28/1865; the Ballard House will open next June, after undergoing extensive renovation
Richmond Whig 5/4/1865; Robert Ould, former CS Commissioner for the exchange of prisoners, has been put in Libby Prison
Richmond Whig 5/4/1865; Mayo's bridge is going to be rebuilt
Richmond Whig 5/4/1865; Adams express company has moved to corner of Main and 19th sts
Richmond Whig 5/16/1865; Isaac Carrington, former CS Provost Marshal of Richmond, has been put in Castle Thunder
Richmond Whig 5/22/1865; Adams express company has many bodies, disinterred from Oakwood Cemetery, for shipment North
Richmond Whig 5/22/1865; BG Henry Abbott assigned to Artillery chief for Virginia and will garrison batteries around the city
Richmond Whig 5/31/1865; very few prisoners are left in Libby or Castle Thunder
Richmond Whig 6/6/1865; a new flagpole has been erected at the Female Institute
Richmond Whig 6/6/1865; John Minor Botts has returned to Richmond
Richmond Whig 6/6/1865; appeal for a passenger railway from St. Charles Hotel to Rocketts

Added September 10, 2000

Richmond Sentinel 8/21/1863; list of imprisoned slaves at Castle Thunder and Libby Prison
Richmond Whig 4/6/1865;  Official directory of Union officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/6/1865; account of the escape of two unionists from Castle Thunder on evacuation night
Richmond Whig 4/6/1865; Richmond Fire Brigade has begun demolishing the ruins
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865;  Official directory of Union officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; river obstructions are being removed
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; new (Northern) owners of the Spottswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; the Southern Express Company's offices, including pending shipments, was destroyed in the fire
Richmond Whig 4/9/1865; Official directory of US officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/11/1865; Maj. Gen. Silas Casey is staying at the Spottswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 4/11/1865; appeal for a city railroad to replace one the CS built to transport iron to Rocketts
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; work continues to clear the streets of rubble
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; account of the escape of a Castle Thunder prisoner on evacuation night and his subsequent work for the US authorities
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; call for more hotels to re-open
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; idea of city railway has been adopted by Northern capitalists
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; the canal will be open again within a few days
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; description of public losses in the fire; ie: bridges, etc
Richmond Whig 4/13/1865; Ballard House will be reopened as a hotel and possibly others
Richmond Whig 4/14/1865; pontoon bridge across the James is a great convenience
Richmond Whig 4/14/1865; it has been raining hard for the past two days in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/17/1865; description of three views of Grant's City Point HQ, by Hathaway, the photographer
Richmond Whig 4/19/1865; former Castle Thunder officials NOT confined in Libby, but released on their parole
National Tribune 2/9/1888; good description of the proposed relocation of Libby Prison to Chicago

Added September 5, 2000

Richmond Whig 4/6/1865; account of the escape of the prisoners from the State Penitentiary on the night of the evacuation
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; 8 paupers at the Alms House were killed in the city magazine explosion
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; More hotels are wanted in Richmond - the Spottswood is the only one operating
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; last rebel and first union patrons at the Spottswood hotel
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; records of the Circuit Court, including deeds and wills were destroyed in the fire
Richmond Whig 4/10/1865; Official directory of US officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/11/1865; Official directory of US officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/11-12/1865; erroneous report and subsequent retraction that Mrs. Gen. Lee is very ill
Richmond Whig 4/13/1865; Rocketts, the port of Richmond, has resumed trade, and is being cleaned up
Richmond Whig 4/14/1865; Gen. Weitzel is replaced by Gen. Ord as commander of the Richmond occupying forces
Richmond Whig 4/19/1865; Official directory of US officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/19/1865; Benson Lossing is in Richmond collecting pictures and other material for an upcoming book
Richmond Whig 4/28/1865; Customs House has been draped in black, in mourning for President Lincoln
Richmond Whig 5/4/1865; "idle colored" women of Manchester have been sent to Belle Isle
Richmond Whig 6/6/1865; A skull has been found at Seven Pines with a bee's nest in it

Added September 3, 2000

Richmond Whig 4/17/1865; Official directory of US officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 4/22/1865; Gen. Ord and staff have been photographed by M. B. Brady
Richmond Whig 4/26/1865; several gunboats that have been scuttled in the James river have been raised and salvaged
Richmond Whig 4/28/1865; Official directory of Union officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 5/1/1865; Official directory of Union officials in Richmond
Richmond Whig 5/1/1865; person in the North claims to have the key to Castle Thunder, but this cannot be the main key as Castle Thunder is still used as a prison
Richmond Whig 5/1/1865; What happened to "the big black dog" (Hero) who used to guard Castle Thunder?
Richmond Whig 5/2/1865; prominent Richmonders, including Joseph R. Anderson, have taken the oath of allegiance to the U.S.
Richmond Whig 5/2/1865; details of colored troops have been out out the Cold Harbor & Gaines' Mill battlefields burying the dead
Richmond Whig 5/15/1865; Richmond College, formerly Louisiana Hospital, will re-open soon
Richmond Whig 5/19/1865; Hero, the dog formerly used as a guard dog at Castle Thunder has been shipped North
Richmond Whig 5/27/1865; says the first Union flag to fly in Richmond was flown over Libby by an escaped prisoner

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