Richmond Whig, 5/9/64

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From the Richmond Whig, 5/9/1864

EMEUTE AT THE LIBBY. – At twelve o’clock on Friday night the Yankee officers confined in the Libby, about one thousand in number, were ordered to get ready to be carried to Danville. Thinking, no doubt, that our Government believed the city would soon be taken, and was therefore anxious to get them to a place of security, they at first swore they would not go, and refused to muster to have their names registered; but fortunately for themselves they became more tractable on the appearance of several hundred Confederate bayonets, and submitted to the will of the Libby authorities, though with a bad grace. While their names were being registered, it was discovered that they had set fire to a lot of boxes in the second story, with the intent to destroy the prison. The fire was extinguished before any damage was done. The Yankees occupied their last moments in the Libby in throwing into the sinks all the sugar, coffee and other supplies that had recently been sent them from the North. As they left the Libby they swore they would escape from the train on the way to Danville; but we have reason to believe they did not make good on their vows. They started in the Danville train at three o’clock Saturday morning, in charge of Captains Tabb and Nelson, with an efficient guard.

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