From the Richmond Whig, 2/10/1864

The Yankee Prisoners. – There has been a good deal of talk recently of an apprehended outbreak among the Yankee prisoners on Belle Isle. It is true that the prisoners manifested some exultation, last Sunday, when the signal bells were summoning the local troops to their rendezvous; and it is also true that one or two anonymous notes have been received by the authorities warning them of a plot to effect the escape of the prisoners; but, beyond these developments, there is no ground for apprehension of a Yankee insurrection on Belle Isle. The military authorities, however, have very properly strengthened the guard on the island, and made other arrangements for promptly quelling any insubordination among the prisoners that may arise. Let the Yankees attempt to escape, and but few of them will ever get back to the land of onions, wooden nutmegs and steady habits.

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