Richmond Dispatch, 10/8/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 10/8/1862, p. 2, c. 5

A Lincoln Official in Richmond. The last flag of truce boat brought along from Washington a number of citizens of Maryland and Virginia who had been imprisoned in the Old Capitol prison for political offences. They came to Aiken's landing in charge of Mr. Wood, the keeper of the prison, and were only to be paroled, or exchanged conditionally. The requirements were that similar prisoners in our hands should be released. We do not know how the negotiations between the Lincoln officers and our own terminated, but hear that all the political prisoners were allowed to come to this city. The Mr. Wood before spoken of also came up to try and make some arrangement relative to the political prisoners in our hands already, as well as to settle the disposition that shall be made of any that may hereafter be arrested or captured by us. He will go back Friday, the flag of truce boat returning for him on that day. If his negotiations are successful, he may take away the 243 political or civil prisoners now in the Libby prison. The Yankees that went down to Aiken's landing by the flag of truce on Monday, did not get off until 8 o'clock yesterday morning.

 

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