OR, Ser. II, Vol. VI, p. 62
UNION AND CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING
TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM JUNE 11, 1863, TO MARCH 31, 1864.--#3
Colonel LUDLOW, Fortress Monroe:
The Richmond Dispatch of the 26th (Friday) of June states that eleven Yankee
ladies captured at Winchester have been taken to Richmond and imprisoned in
Castle Thunder. Please ascertain immediately from the authorities at Richmond
whether this statement be true. This Government has just made arrangement for
sending some hundreds of rebel ladies to their homes at their own request and
the wives of rebel officers have lived among us without molestation. If the
statement of the Dispatch be true the Government must hold rebel ladies as
hostages for the Yankee ladies. Please answer early as the boat was to start
from Annapolis to-morrow.
EDWIN M. STANTON.
FORT MONROE, June 30,
Hon. E. M. STANTON:
I will immediately ascertain from the Richmond authorities whether our women
captured at Winchester have been imprisoned in Castle Thunder. An answer cannot
be obtained before the 3d or 4th of July, as three days are always required for
communications to and replies from Richmond by flag-of-truce boat.
WM. H. LUDLOW,
Major TURNER, Annapolis:
For reasons that have just been brought to the notice of this Department you
will not leave Annapolis until further order and will keep <ar119_63> the boat
until you hear from me to-morrow. Acknowledge the receipt of this telegram. I
have just learned that the rebels have taken some loyal women to Richmond and
imprisoned them in Castle Thunder. It may become necessary to take hostages for
their safe return.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Major-General SCHENCK, Baltimore:
I knew that Mrs. Milroy was not taken prisoner. But the Richmond Dispatch of
Friday states that eleven Yankee ladies were taken from Winchester to Richmond
and that they are imprisoned in Castle Thunder. I have called for an explanation
from the Richmond authorities. Whoever they are it is the design of the
Government to protect them.
Major TURNER, Judge-Advocate, Annapolis :
Your telegram of this date received. No order has yet been sent you because I
am waiting and expect to hear to-day from Richmond respect ing the female
prisoners held in Castle Thunder. The action of this Government in respect to
the persons you have in charge may be influenced by the answer from Richmond. I
sent you this morning a telegram respecting contraband baggage. You will remain
with your boat at Annapolis until further orders.
EDWIN M. STANTON.
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