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The Paroled Prisoners At
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Some were in such a
condition that they would not march from the wharf through the town
to camp, but avoided observation by going round another way.
Many are sick and wounded, half cared for, and all half
starved when they arrived. Never
were men more thankful for a piece of bread or a cup of coffee than
they! They are camped
upon the bare ground, without cover or shelter, the tents and sheds
being full, and it has been raining a portion of the time since
their arrival. Among
them we find some of our prison associates we left behind.
Some of them were in
We number about ten thousand paroled men, and are in a shiftless condition. How long things will continue thus I am unable to say. Some have left for their homes in disguise, and many others would had they the means. We belong at home until exchanged, where we can take care of ourselves, and make ourselves useful. We are doing nothing here but undermining our constitutions, while we might be well and strong at home.”