From the National Archives, RG 109, Ch. 9, Vol. 199˝, “Letters & Orders Issued,
Confederate Military Prison, January, 1862 – December, 1863.” p. 68
C. S. M. Prison
Richmond, Feby 17, 1863
Capt. W. S. Winder
A. A. Genl.
I have to report the
escape of nine negroes from this prison; they must have gotten off at different
times yesterday morning. The negroes are counted as the other prisoners are,
twice every day, at night they are placed in a secure room with a sentinel at
the door. At daylight they are brought to the kitchen and employed there and
around the building in cooking, cleaning out, cutting wood &c &c. Their escape I
think is owing to the gross neglect of duty on part of the guard.
Your Obedt. Servt.
Thos. P. Turner