Jackson Warner Compiled Service Record, M331, National Archives
Richmond, Aug. 28, 1863
Since my supplemental statement was made & furnished you a few days ago, I have ascertained that Mr. Blunt, the brick mason employed by me & referred to, was in the city, & I have thought it my duty to take his statement and also that of Mr. O’Donnell concerning the examination of the culverts about the Freelands building in reference to privy arrangements. Their statements marked C & D are herewith submitted, with the view of showing that Mr. Austin Gentry was mistaken in supposing that I did no know of the existence of the large culvert before renting, which was afterwards used, and about which was afterwards used and about which Mr. Freeland raises complaint against the Government.
Very Respectfully Yours
J. Warner, Capt
& A. A. Q. M.
Richmond August 28 1863
Having been requested by Capt. Warner to do so, I have to state to you the following facts. I have been engaged as plumber for Capt. Warner, since the war began. When he spoke of renting Freeland’s house, I went with him to the building, at his request to examine it, & see whether there was a culvert large enough to sluice off the deposit of the privies to be used by a large number of prisoners. There was a small culvert on the inner wall, but not large enough for the purpose, and I so advised him, to open the small culvert & see whether it could be made to suit the purpose of enlarging the privy accommodations. He then informed the Captain there was a large culvert, outside of the building, which was large enough for the purpose, which he opened and inspected and reported sufficient. All this was before Capt. Warner had rented, and the examination determined Capt. Warner to rent the house which he afterwards did, to be used as a military prison and barracks.