From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/13/1863, p. 1, c. 5
Arrival of Abolition Prisoners. – The prisoners captured by Capt. Mosby, of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s command, arrived in Richmond by the Central cars on Wednesday night, in charge of Lt. McClellan. Included in the number (the whole amounting to 29) were E. H. Stoughton, Brigadier-General of the 2d brigade, Casy’s division; A. Barker, Captain of company L, 5th New York cavalry; Robert Wellbricht, a telegraph operator; R. Wardener, an Austiran Baron; F. Pratt, a private in company F, 16th Vermont reg’t, and Orderly for Gen. Stoughton – The prisoners were taken in custody on the night of March 9th, in or near Fairfax Court House, Va., by Capt. Mosby and his company, whose daring and intrepidity in making a successful raid within a few hundred yards of the camp-ground of two Abolitiion brigades, and carrying off without damage to themselves the General commanding of one of them, deserves the highest praise – Most of the twenty-nine men captured, including Gen. Stoughton, an aristocratic specimen of Yankee manhood, with a profusion of gold lace on his coat, were surprised in bed, and were, therefore, incapable of offering any resistance, had they been so inclined. Stoughton occupied as his headquarters a spacious dwelling a few hundred feet from the village of Fairfax C. H., and deemed himself perfectly secure. When his midnight slumbers were interrupted by Capt. Mosby, who entered his room and desired him to get up, he deemed it one of his own men on a frolic and angrily replied that if he did not clear out, he would order him under arrest for an insult to his Commanding General. Mosby asked Stoughton if he knew “Mosby, of Lee’s cavalry.” “Yes,” replied the irate Yankee, “have we caught the s- of a b-.” “No,” replied Mosby, “we haven’t, but he has caught you, so get up and prepare for a ride.” The Yankee General soon had a realizing sense of his surroundings, and prepared to do as Mosby commanded. He was careful to dress himself for the journey; but he and all of the others complain that time was not allowed them to saddle their horses, and were compelled to ride twenty-five miles on the bare backs of indifferent steeds, surrounded by Confederate dragoons over not the smoothest road known. Wardener, the old Austrian, declares that the Yankee uniform in which he is now encased did not belong to him on the night of March 9th, when he repaired to bed near Fairfax C. H. He says our men were in too great a hurry to be over particular about clothes. When the party arrived in Richmond on Wednesday night, the twenty-five privates were carried to the Libby prison, and the General and those whose names are given above were allowed to retire to the Ballard House for the night. The fact of their being there being made known to the commander of the Libby prison at a late hour of the night, they were removed from thence, much against their will, and deposited with their comrades in the Libby prison. The contrast between the luxurious beds of the Ballard House and the Libby prison floor was marked indeed, and did not fail to excite dismal forebodings in the minds of the imprisoned Yankees.
Last night the Central cars brought down thirteen more Yankees, captured at Newbern, Woodstock, and Morrisonville, within a few days past. There were no officers amongst them.