From the Richmond Dispatch, 5/11/1863, p. 1, c. 3


The city bids fair soon to be inundated by the influx of Abolition prisoners taken at the battle of Chancellorsville. On Saturday evening several squads arrived, the first containing a number of officers, and the last over two thousand privates. They were received at the Libby prison, and eighteen hundred of them assigned quarters in Conrad & Crew’s factory. When the prisoners marched through the streets it was remarked by every one that the proportion of Americans in the crowd was very small. A gentleman said, loud enough to be heard by the prisoners, that he did not believe there was one, when an unmistakable Yankee voice was heard to proceed from the line, saying, “Yes, here’s one,” and, holding up his bare feet, he added, “and he ain’t got no shoes either.” There were in prison yesterday 38 citizen prisoners; 30 deserters from the Abolition army; 26 negroes, and 2,807 prisoners of war. About 2,800 were momentarily expected, and preparations were being made by Capt. Thos. P. Turner to quarter them on Belle Isle. When there the City Battalion will be ordered to the island to do guard duty, and see that none of the Yankees spread themselves over the country. It is not probable that the Yankee officers and men will stay here longer than arrangements can be made for their being carried away. We append a full and complete list of the officers taken at Chancellorsville who have arrived in Richmond, viz:
[enormous list of names was not transcribed – MDG]

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