From the New York Times, 2/25/1888
LIBBY PRISON TO BE TORN DOWN.
RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 24. – Mr. W. H. Gray, with a
Washington architect, made a thorough examination of Libby Prison and found that
the building can be torn down and removed to Chicago for much less than they had
allowed. Mr. Gray said to-night that he would close the matter tomorrow.
Speaking of the ground upon which the building stands, which is included in the
sale, Mr. Gray says that rather than sell it at a sacrifice he will give it to
the Federal Government upon the condition that Congress will erect upon it a
substantial monument to mark the spot where so many thousand Federal soldiers
were confined during the war. The projector of the scheme thinks the Government
ought to appropriate $75,000 for this object.
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