From the Richmond Examiner, 10/7/1861
PRESENTATION OF A SWORD. – Hon. Alfred B. Ely, M.
C., of the Rochester, N. Y., District, in Lincoln’s Congress, who was captured
on the field of Manassas, on the memorable 21st of July, and who has
since been imprisoned in one of the Richmond tobacco factories, was the
recipient, a few days since, of a valuable token of the regard and esteem in
which he is held by his fellow-prisoners. An ingenious artisan among the number
fabricated a wooden sword of considerable dimensions and comely shape, together
with a rope sash, which was presented to the belligerent Congressman by a
committee, in an address which was replied to by the recipient of the honour in
excellent style, followed by an acceptance of the gift. The prisoners, of which
Mr. Ely is one, seem to get along very well under the care of Capt. G. C. Gibbs,
who has them in charge. – Mr. Ely himself certainly has not suffered in flesh,
however he may have done in the spirit.