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May 7 1862 - "Secesh" prisoner from Middletown

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A "Secesh" Prisoner

A few days ago we received a letter from our old friend, H. L. Brady, Esq . formerly editor of the Middletown Whig, and well-known in this and Frederick County, in which he communicates to us the very interesting information, that he is a “Secesh” prisoner at Fort Delaware, having been, captured with some two hundred others, in the late battle at Winchester. Mr. B. pays : —

“We are all treated in the kindest manner by the officer's in command-—no complaint is uttered relative to our diet—our in-door amusements consist of dominoes. chess, back-gammon, checkers, cards, and last, though not least, that scientific game called crack loo —i. e., -toss up cents and those coming nearest the plank crack wins. Our outdoor exercises consist of foot-racing, jumping, foot-racing, and washing our clothes.”

This treatment of rebel prisoners contrasts very favorably with that extended to the Union prisoners in the Tobacco ware-houses of Richmond, and shows the difference between organized Government, and wicked rebellion. We infer from the tenor of Mr. B.’s letter that he has obtained his “rights” and will not again seek them under the protection of & foreign flag. He has evidently taken his last look at the “Secesh” Elephant, and when he gets clear of the clutches of Uncle Sam we imagine that he will become a good Union man.


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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