OR, Ser. II, Vol. V, pp. 774-775
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO
PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1862, TO JUNE 10, 1863.--#1
CASTLE THUNDER, December 1,
Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON, Richmond, Va.
SIR: I am a private in the First Battalion Connecticut Cavalry. On the 7th of
October last I was with my battalion encamped near Centerville. Pickets at night
patrolled within two miles and a half of Gainesville. Twice a day a patrol was
sent to Thoroughfare Gap to reconnoiter. On the 7th of October in the afternoon
I was sent there. I was returning and when near Haymarket I was surprised by a
party of the Twelfth Virginia Cavalry and taken prisoner. When taken I was
within the Federal lines and as near as I can judge forty miles--at least that
was the distance I had to travel before I reached the Confederate lines. I have
been held since the 12th of October in this prison. Am I not a prisoner of war?
And if so why should I not be exchanged? Does my case not come under the cartel?
I am here without friends or money. True I am a poor private and that must be
the reason I am overlooked. I am confined with all classes of criminals. I
respectfully solicit an inquiry into my case.
I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. H. MARSH,
I would suggest the propriety of inquiring into this case. The writer is
evidently of some intelligence and tells a plausible tale. He may be really a
mere prisoner of war entitled to exchange.
J. A. SEDDON,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF HENRICO,
December 20, 1862.
Respectfully referred to the Secretary of War with the inclosed letter(*)
of the prisoner. He was charged with being a spy and his statement in that
letter tended to confirm the suspicion.
JNO. H. WINDER,
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