From the Richmond Dispatch, 10/13/1862
Departure of Yankee Prisoners. - A flag of truce
left the Libby Prison yesterday for Varina, conveying three hundred and
ninety-three prisoners. Two hundred and seventeen of the number arrived by the
Southern cars on Saturday evening from Madison, Georgia. - There were a
considerable number of officers among them, and they were received and
entertained on their arrival here by Capt. Jeffress with the best the prison
afforded, for which they expressed thanks. They complained of harsh treatment at
Madison, Ga., and on arriving in Lincolnís domains will no doubt have
wonderful stories to tell of their sufferings. They all seemed glad of the
opportunity to bid the rebels adieu. Included in the number that left yesterday
were the following officers, mostly taken at Shiloh and Murfreesborough, Tenn.,
by Gen. Forrest, viz: B. M. Prentiss, Brig. Gen., Illinois; Thos. T. Crittenen,
Brig. Gen., Indiana; J. L. Geddes, Col. 8th Iowa; Wm. T. Shaw, Col.
14th do.; Wm. F. Lynch, Col. 58th Illinois; Henry C.
Lester, Col. 3d Minnesota; eight Lieut. Cols.; seven Majors; sixty-eight
Captains; sixty 1st Lieutenants; fifty-four 2d Lieutenants; three
Adjutants, and the following officers of the U. S. steamer Sumter: Levi Crowell,
Acting Master; Chas. G. Stevens, 2d Assít Engineer; Warren Ewen, 3d do.; A. W.
Miner, Surgeonís Steward; C. H. Post, Acting Master; Master of gunboat Cayuga,
and seven citizen prisoners.
Thos. J. Jordan, Col. of the 9th Pennsylvania
Cavalry, who was to have accompanied the above parties, was detained by order of
Gen. Winder, charges having been preferred against him by citizens of Tennessee,
to the effect that, while near Sparta in that State, he had given his soldiers
liberty to steal, burn, and take anything they wanted from the people, which
permission they fully availed themselves of, even to the commission of outrages
of unoffending women. It is proper to say that Col. Jordan denies the whole
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