|from The Webster Times,
ďThe Returning Prisoners.Ē
Volume III # 51, March 1, 1862
The Webster boys will probably be here in a day or two, and it has been suggested, with great propriety, that our citizens ought to make some kind of a demonstration on the occasion of their return. We do not know if anything of this kind has been determined upon, but if the boys do not reach home before Monday, we hope some managements will be effected at the town meeting for the suitable welcome to those of our brave fellows, who have been incarcerated in prisons and tobacco houses, enduring privations for their country, while we have been enjoying the liberties and plenty of home.
Volume III # 52, March 8, 1862
The boys are generally looking much better than could be expected, considering their treatment in the hands of the rebels. All complain of the great severity on the part of their keepers, and of unnecessary deprivation in the way of food. Every man has an interesting experience to relate.
They have been allowed but a short furlough, although some of them will not be physically able to go into service when their furlough expires.
There has been but one death among our prisoners from their first incarceration. Wm. F. Converse, son of Chester Converse, of the North Village, died about three weeks ago. He had a severe attack of typhoid fever, but had nearly recovered, and was discharged from the hospital when by improper diet he suffered a relapse, and died at last quite suddenly.
Others of the Webster boys are daily expected, and among them we hope to see our old friend, John Maley.
Volume IV # 2, March 22, 1862
A Pleasant Occasion
Remarks were offered by Rev. Mr. Kendall, Fish and Wood, also by Monroe Nichols, A. M., Lyman Sheldon, Nathaniel Joslin, and others. The affair passed off very pleasantly, and in view of the hasty manner in which the demonstration was planned and executed, and the trifling expense involved, it was creditable to all concerned. Our thanks are due to the Committee of Arrangements for complimentary invitations to the tables.