From the Richmond Dispatch, 1/12/1863, p. 1, c. 5

Prison Items. – The following deserters were put in Castle Thunder on Saturday and Sunday, viz: R. Whalen, alias J. Kostigan, co G, 16th Miss; G W Hyatt, co A, 28th N. C; Jno Arrington co K, 42d Va; R E Arrington, co E, 58th Va; Chas Hurson co G, 2d Va cavalry; Joseph Vandergrift, co C 10th La; and about forty others. Michael Driscoll, co D 2d La, was arrested as a supposed deserter, and for attempting to get a passport on false papers to go to Sidney to become a substitute. Sergeant Mansfield, of co C, 14th La, escaped from Castle Thunder yesterday morning. He went to the guard and pretended that he was a friend of the Adjutant of the prison, and threatened to have him (the guard) put in the lock-up if he did not allow him to pass. The guard (James Childress) who permitted the prisoner to pass was subsequently arrested and confined for suffering himself to be imposed upon thus. The enrolling officer of Luray, Page county, sent down Dan Cromwell, Austin Wickley and G W Jones, as conscripts.

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