Richmond Dispatch, 10/7/1861

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 10/7/1861, p. 2, c. 3

Departure of Prisoners. – The steamer Northampton left her wharf at Rocketts yesterday, for the purpose of carrying to Newport New, under flag of truce, fifty-seven prisoners, captured in the battle of Manassa on the 21st of July. The majority of them had lost a leg, a foot or an arm, or were otherwise so disabled by wounds as to render them unfit for service, and their release is regarded purely as an act of humanity. Among the number we noticed Surgeons Homiston and Swalmb, of the 14th New York volunteer regiment, (Brooklyn,) who have been on parole ever since their arrival in Richmond. – These physicians have devoted themselves closely to the care of their wounded, and we are informed that their good deportment has secured for them the friendly consideration of a number of our citizens. Unless they are more deceitful than the father of lies, they will make an effort, on their return home, to open the eyes of Yankeedom generally with respect to the hopelessness of the Lincoln war. The boat left the wharf at half-past 12 o’clock, and as she moved off, the flag f the Confederate States was given to the breeze, and away went the cargo of Yankees, apparently pleased with the prospect before them. Drs. Charles Bell Gibson and St. George Peachy, of the Medical Department, C. S. A., accompanied the released prisoners on their voyage down the river.


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