From the National Tribune, 10/30/1902
BROKE OPEN THE
DOORS OF LIBBY.
J. W. Rodgers, 123d Ohio, of Liberty Center,
O., was among those who first entered Richmond at its fall. They found the city
in a blaze, which threatened to burn up Libby Prison and Castle Thunder, where a
host of Union prisoners were confined. The doors of the prison were locked, and
they could see the emaciated forms of the prisoners at the windows imploring
help. It was said the rebel authorities intended burning up the prisoners in
their places of confinement. Comrade Rodgers and some others picked up a bar of
railroad iron and drove it against the door of Libby, smashing it in at the
first blow, and allowing the prisoners to come out, who were tenderly cared for
by the Union soldiers. Comrade Rodgers met some of the prisoners who were
confined there, at the recent National Encampment at Washington.
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