OR, Ser. II, Vol. IV, pp. 741-742
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM
JUNE 13, 1862, TO NOVEMBER 30, 1862.--#30
LIBBY PRISON, Richmond, November 20, 1862.
I hope you will pardon me for trespassing on your valuable
time about a question of vital importance to us. On the 4th day of October last
two companies of the Fifty-fourth Regiment (Col. J. M. Campbell), stationed on
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, were captured by the First Regiment Virginia
Partisan Rangers, under Colonel Imboden, consisting of 900 infantry, 500
cavalry, and three pieces of artillery. The companies captured were Company K,
Captain Newhard, Lieutenant Wagner, and 58 men; Company B, Captain Hite,
Lieutenants Cole and Baer, and 89 men, making in all 152 officers and men.
Yesterday we were officially informed that we were not fit subjects for parole
or exchange, accompanied with the following note:
T. P. TURNER,
Believing that the number of rangers thus held by the
Government is less than the number held by the rebels as hostages I have
ventured to ask Your Excellency (if consistent with your views in regard to the
matter) to ask the General Government for the release of those rangers so that
we may be exchanged and be made useful to our country. A six months' treatment
as ours has been will kill eight out of every ten men. Forty more Pennsylvanians
captured by rangers arrived here today. I hope Your Excellency will pardon me
for asking so much of you.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HARRY G. BAER,
DECEMBER 2, 1862.
Respectfully referred to the Secretary of War.
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