From the Richmond Enquirer, 7/15/1862, p. 2, c. 7

SEEING A GOOD TIME. The prisoners on Belle Isle are encamped on the lower ground of the Island, within convenient distance of the water, and at all times in the full face of the breezes that almost continually sweep along the river. They pass away time in exercise, such as wrestling, jumping, and tumbling about generally, apparently caring for nothing and nobody, and quite as contented as they can be under the circumstances. They are supplied with excellent tents, and have plenty to eat. Their condition is certainly more enviable than that of several thousands of their comrades not in the city prisons.

 

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