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Added February 24, 2001

List of known soldiers originally buried on Belle Isle, and re-interred in Richmond National Cemetery

Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War 1863; prisoner's account of harsh treatment in Richmond. Notes that while at the General Hospital (GH#1) he was well-treated; at the tobacco warehouse he was not. Also notes that "a lady named Van Lew" helped provide for him while in prison until she was stopped by prison authorities
Ohio boys in Dixie..., pp.24-25 3/1863; description of the author's imprisonment in Richmond. Gives a rare description of the interior of Castle Thunder
National Tribune 9/9/1882; brief description of prison life on Belle Isle
Richmond Dispatch 6/1/1889; obituary notice for Samuel P. Moore, former Surgeon-General of the Confederacy
National Tribune 8/15/1889; part one of a two-part memoir by Capt. J. W. Chamberlain, 123rd Ohio, describing at length his imprisonment in Libby Prison
National Tribune 4/20/1893, 4/27/1893, 5/4/1893; excerpts from accounts of a Federal scout describing his encounter with John Van Lew, Elizabeth's brother, at Cold Harbor, in which John Van Lew tells the scout that if he can get a message to her, she will provide information from Richmond. Also accounts meeting with a fleeing employee of John Van Lew, in order not to serve in the Confederate army
National Tribune 12/28/1893; brief account of harsh treatment on Belle Isle - notes that he was almost killed by a train on his way to Belle Isle

Added February 13, 2001

Richmond Dispatch 4/1/1861; Spotswood Hotel has been opened
Richmond Dispatch 4/17/1861; slave of Elizabeth Van Lew has been arrested for having a pass out of date
Richmond Dispatch 4/24/1861; VMI cadets have arrived in Richmond and are quartered at the Fair Grounds (Camp Lee) and parade for the Governor on Capitol Square
Richmond Dispatch 4/26/1861; VMI cadets are drilling recruits at the Fair Grounds (Camp Lee)
Richmond Dispatch 4/26/1861; Tredegar Iron Works Battalion elects officers
Richmond Dispatch 5/3/1861; St. Francis de Sales Hospital is ready to accept patients
Richmond Dispatch 5/9/1861; fire burns down building adjacent to Libby & Son's ship chandlery (later Libby Prison), which is saved by great exertions by firemen
Richmond Dispatch 5/10/1861; attempt to burn down Libby & Son's warehouse (later Libby Prison)
Richmond Dispatch 5/10/1861; Capt. J.E.B. Stuart has arrived in Richmond after resigning his commission
Richmond Dispatch 5/10/1861; Sailors are being recruited at the "Naval Rendezvous" which is in Libby & Son's warehouse (later Libby Prison)
Richmond Dispatch 5/10/1861; J. B. McCaw (later Surgeon in Charge at Chimborazo Hospital) amongst others is raising a company of mounted rifles
Richmond Dispatch 5/10/1861; advertisement for Rees' photographic gallery
Richmond Dispatch 5/10/1861; volunteer company is being raised at Springfield Hall (later General Hospital #26)
Richmond Dispatch 5/16/1861; Richmond Howitzers have moved from Howard's Grove to Chimborazo Hill
Richmond Dispatch 5/20/1861; two attempts to destroy the Tredegar Iron Works by fire
Richmond Dispatch 5/22/1861; incorrect threat of fire to the Tredegar Iron Works
Pennsylvania Daily Telegraph 7/23/1862; letter from General Geo. A. McCall describing his imprisonment; notes that one of his officers is held in Chimborazo Hospital
The Camp, the Battle Field, and the Hospital... ca. 1866; by Linus P. Brockett; excerpt (by John F. Porter) describes the author's part in the famous Libby Prison escape and subsequent journey to Williamsburg 
The Lost Cause, A New Southern History of the War... 1866; by Edward A. Pollard; this excerpt reprints the southern Congress' response to the prisoner issue, written in 1865. Describes Libby Prison, General Hospital #21, and Belle Isle
Life of Jefferson Davis... ca. 1869; by Edward A. Pollard; these excerpts relate to Jefferson Davis and Libby Prison, especially a southern slant to the "mine" episode

Added February 3, 2001

Shippensburg (PA) News 8/2/1862; early set of letters from Libby Prison, relates especially impressions of the exchange system and his relatively short stay in prison.
National Tribune 12/29/1891; Excellent set of letters from Libby Prison, recounting treatment and life in prison. Mentions purchasing one of the Rees images from the prison guards, and sending it North.

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