O.R.--SERIES II--VOLUME V [S# 118]
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1862, TO JUNE 10, 1863.--#1
CASTLE THUNDER, December 1, 1862.
Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON, Richmond, Va.
SIR: I am a private in the First Battalion Connecticut Cavalry. On the 7th of October last I was with my battalion encamped near Centerville. Pickets at night patrolled within two miles and a half of Gainesville. Twice a day a patrol was sent to Thoroughfare Gap to reconnoiter. On the 7th of October in the afternoon I was sent there. I was returning and when near Haymarket I was surprised by a party of the Twelfth Virginia Cavalry and taken prisoner. When taken I was within the Federal lines and as near as I can judge forty miles--at least that was the distance I had to travel before I reached the Confederate lines. I have been held since the 12th of October in this prison. Am I not a prisoner of war? And if so why should I not be exchanged? Does my case not come under the cartel? I am here without friends or money. True I am a poor private and that must be the reason I am overlooked. I am confined with all classes of criminals. I respectfully solicit an inquiry into my case.
I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. H. MARSH,
First Battalion Connecticut Cavalry.
I would suggest the propriety of inquiring into this case. The writer is evidently of some intelligence and tells a plausible tale. He may be really a mere prisoner of war entitled to exchange.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF HENRICO, December 20, 1862.
Respectfully referred to the Secretary of War with the inclosed letter(*) of the prisoner. He was charged with being a spy and his statement in that letter tended to confirm the suspicion.
JNO. H. WINDER,