Richmond Dispatch, 4/5/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 4/5/1862, p. 2, c. 2

Departure of Paroled United States Officers. – We noticed the arrival here, some six weeks since, of Colonel Bunford, Captain Bliss, and Lieutenant Van Horn, of the Sixth Infantry, U.S.A., who surrendered themselves prisoners of war last summer in Texas to Colonel Van Dorn, of the C.S.A., and who were paroled to return to the North as soon as opportunity should afford. They came on by themselves, in accordance with the requirements of their parole, and reporting to General Winder, were assigned comfortable quarters at Castle Godwin. They remained there until yesterday, when, all things being in readiness for their departure, they were escorted by the officer in charge of Castle Godwin (Captain G. W. Alexander, of Maryland) to the Petersburg cars, where they were received by Lieutenant Winder, and delivered to Lieutenant Porter, to be escorted to Norfolk, and sent to Fortress Monroe via flag of truce. Before leaving, all of these officers expressed themselves highly gratified at the kind treatment received from the Assistant Provost Marshal and his aides.

Colonel Woodruff, of the First Kentucky Regiment, a Yankee prisoner, also left by the same conveyance that the old U. S. Army officers did. Woodruff was carried from the Confederate States military prison by Lieutenant T. P. Turner, officer in charge, and delivered to Lieutenant Porter to be carried to Norfolk. The distinction between regular Army officers and the rag-tag and bobtail of Lincoln’s volunteers should be preserved.

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