From the Richmond Examiner, 6/17/1864

THE LIBBY. – There are now few inmates of the Libby, it being the policy (and very good policy) of the authorities to send them South as fast as they are brought in, it being cheaper to send the Yankees South than to transport food hither to support them. A stranger passing the Libby last evening would scarcely have thought it was a military prison; it looked much more like Thompson’s castle of indolence. A few dirty creatures, in dingy blue coats, could be seen through the gratings of the upper windows, but they seemed listless and drowsy, and the very sentinels that paced the four sides of the building, looked like somnambulists. In front of the place lay the stagnant dock and beyond the blue river sleeping beneath its green, peaceful banks.

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