From the Philadelphia Press, 7/22/1862

Sick and Wounded Pennsylvania Prisoners.

WASHINGTON , July 19, 1862 .

To the Editor of The Press:

Sir: The accompanying list of Pennsylvania soldiers, sick and wounded, in and near Richmond , is not complete, but comprises as many names as I was able to get while in engaged among them at Savage’s Station, and in the Libby prison in Richmond . Some of the men have already been sent down the river on parole. Those who were at Savage’s and in the neighborhood were removed to Richmond last week, and confined in the Libby warehouse and in tents on Belle Island . The unwounded officers are confined in a separate prison. Generals McCall and Reynolds are confined in the same building, and are allowed no greater liberty than the others. They occupy a small room in the corner on the second floor. They are both well. I saw there also Colonels Simpson, Jackson, Gallagher, Stockton; Lieutenant Colonels Hatch, Sweitzer; Majors Birney, Davidson, and many others. Those I have named are quite well, and in as good spirits as circumstances will permit. I learned from Colonels Gallagher and Simpson, that they, with their regiments, (11th Pennsylvania and 4th New Jersey,) occupied the center of the line of battle in a close wood, fighting from an hour to an hour and a half after our lines had retired, not knowing what was going on at the right and left. They were only made aware of the retreat of our lines when surrounded by the army of the enemy. 195 of the 11th were killed and wounded, and about 300 captured. Of the 4th New Jersey , 139 were known to be killed and wounded – the whole loss supposed to be about 200; missing 75, captured about 300. I saw those gentlemen on Tuesday last, and left Richmond the same day. Our sick and wounded are in a wretched condition, lacking all the requisites to a speedy recovery, and many must die who would recover if they could reach the hospitals of the North.

Respectfully yours,

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