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Selected Sources about Richmond, VA during the Civil War in the Collections of the Virginia Historical Society.
VHS 5/28/1863 5/28/1863; Sidney Smith Lee, commandant at Drewry’s Bluff writes to enquire whether 3 Castle Thunder prisoners who wrote to him might be released and allowed to enlist in the Navy. All three were in prison for desertion.
VHS 8/12/1863 8/12/1863; Isaac Carrington asks Lieut. Turner at Libby for charges on Yankee prisoners who were sent to Castle Thunder from there. One has been there since 9/25/1862 and was "Sent by Capt. Wirtz"
VHS 8/24/1863 8/24/1863; two patients in the 1st Division of Howard’s Grove Hospital are taken to Castle Thunder for "exciting a mutiny"
VHS 9/8/1863 9/8/1863; four soldiers sent from Chaffin’s Farm to Castle Thunder for attempting to desert to the enemy
VHS 10/4/1863 10/4/1863; Confederate Guard at Libby Prison is imprisoned in Castle Thunder for "leaving his post without permission..& trading with Yankee prisoners"
VHS 11/3/1863

11/3/1863; J. R. Anderson requests that one of his workers who is confined in Castle Thunder be "returned to his employment." Apparently, this man attempted to desert to the enemy

VHS 11/9/1863 11/9/1863; letter from the acting surgeon in charge of GH#13 suggesting means of alleviating the crowded conditions. Recommends those wishing to take the oath of allegiance be released and that those who are disabled be sent away. Also notes that too many patients are compelled to sleep on the floor
VHS 11/27/1863 11/27/1863; Isaac Carrington writes to the surgeon at GH#13 inquiring about certain prisoners
VHS 11/29/1863 11/29/1863; letter from surgeon at GH#13 giving the details on the prisoners that I. Carrington asked about. Those who are well are shipped to Salisbury
VHS 1/23/1864 1/23/1864; Letter from Jno. L. Ligon, Clerk at Castle Thunder, writing on behalf of a man whom Ligon was accosted by and later shot. Ligon believes the man accosted him because the man thought that Ligon was a Yankee deserter. Ligon appeals for his immediate discharge from prison
VHS 1/30/1864 1/30/1864; letter from the surgeon at the Small Pox Hospital stating that a "large number" of prisoners of war there desire to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy
VHS 2/20/1864 2/20/1864; Surgeon at GH#9 writes on behalf of a convalescent soldier from Castle Thunder who claims to be "guiltless of any crime" and seeks a hearing in order to go home
VHS no date [no date] $50.00 paid to John M. Gillespie for building two large privies at the "prison factories on Main St."
VHS no date no date; Union prisoner in "Room No. 10" of Castle Thunder requests to be moved to Libby Prison, as he considers himself a POW