From the Richmond Dispatch, 1/3/1863, p. 2, c. 3

The Virginia Penitentiary. – This institution is now presided over by Col. Charles Blue, of Hampshire county, who was elected by the Legislature at succeed Col. James F. Pendleton, the former incumbent, who vacated his office on the 31st of December. The institution is now nearly full, though most of the free negroes and slaves are absent from it.

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