May 5, 1863
About A Lot Of Prisoners. – We publish the following as a correction of a statement that appeared in this column.
Sirs, I see in your issue of the 28th inst., a paragraph headed more prisoners, stating what is not the fact, viz: “Some 25 or 30 prisoners, captured by Col. Latham, on his recent retreat from Beverly, reached the city last evening and were committed to the Atheneum. They were in charge of D. D. T. Farnsworth and other citizens,” &c, &c.
Now, Mr. Editors, the facts are these: - On Thursday morning, the day before Col. Latham was attacked on Friday, 7 of the prisoners came to Latham’s camp at Beverly and gave themselves up, as deserters from the rebel army, and were sent by Col. Latham to Brig. Gen. Roberts in Buckhannon, where there were already some 20 prisoners that were picked up by his command, stationed in his (Roberts,) district. On Saturday Gen. Roberts concluded to send them all to Wheeling, and in the prospect of an attack upon Buckhannon and a small force to defend it, he (Gen. Roberts) called upon the Union League of Upshur county to furnish 15 volunteers to guard them, whereupon Mr. D. S. Haselden, President of the U. L., called upon the members present for said number of volunteers, and after the number were enrolled, the guard elected Dr. D. M. Gibson to command or conduct the prisoners to the place above named.
You will please make the above corrections for the sake of
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: May 1863