O.R.--SERIES II--VOLUME V [S# 118]
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1862, TO JUNE 10, 1863.--#1
CASTLE THUNDER, December 2, 1862.
Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON, Richmond, Va.
DEAR SIR: I am a prisoner of war belonging to the First Battalion of Connecticut Cavalry and have been confined here since the 12th of October, and I beg that you will please investigate the matter as there have been several exchanges since I have been here.
I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. H. MARSH,
First Battalion Connecticut Cavalry.
I find from our books that the within-named prisoner was received here and delivered to Captain Alexander on 24th of October charged with being a spy.
TH. P. TURNER,
CASTLE THUNDER, December 8, 1862.
The record against Charles H. Marsh, who is here, is that he was taken at Bull Run August 9 as a Yankee spy. Papers with General Winder. Brought here October 24, 1862.
G. W. ALEXANDER,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF HENRICO,
December 10, 1862.
Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War inclosing letter from the prisoner, which was deemed of itself sufficient to establish a grave suspicion and to warrant his detention.
JNO. H. WINDER,
CASTLE THUNDER, Richmond, October 25, 1862.
Mr. WOOD, Commissioner of the United States.
SIR: I am a private of Company D, First Battalion Connecticut Cavalry. On Tuesday, the 6th day of October, 1862, I was detailed by Capt. L. N. Middlebrook, who was stationed with his company at Fairfax Court-House and Centerville, Va., to go to Thoroughfare Gap of Bull Run Mountain for the purpose of watching the enemy. One man was detailed each day for that purpose. After I had passed Haymarket I was captured by eleven members of the Twelfth Virginia Cavalry who got into my rear. I was mounted upon a gray horse with my military saddle and armed with my revolver. My company are without sabers. I was clothed in my uniform. As I was coming up to Hay-market I found on the road a gray jacket which I put on over my blouse as it was a very cool morning. I have been informed that I am charged with being a spy. I claim the protection of the United States.
C. H. MARSH,
Private, Company D, First Battalion Connecticut Cavalry.