From the Richmond Dispatch, 12/30/1861, p. 2, c. 3

Our Yankee Prisoners. – Passing the military prisons yesterday, we observed that the caged Yankees were in a high state of enjoyment, singing, laughing and shouting, as if their present position was an improvement upon anything they had been accustomed to at home. The prisoners of rank, confined on the lower floor of one of the buildings, looked rather more sedate. We understand that some 250 will be released this week, and sent to Fortress Monroe, in exchange for the Hatteras prisoners. Yesterday morning two Dutchmen, belonging to the 20th New York regiment, were brought to this city. They were captured in a recent skirmish on the Peninsula.

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