from The Webster Times, March 1862 (Volume III # 42), 
ďThe Returning Prisoners.Ē

Volume III # 51, March 1, 1862
All the Webster volunteers who were captured by the rebels at ballís bluff, and have been held as prisoners of war, are now released, and on the way home. each will be granted a furlough of thirty days, at the expiration of which they will again take their places in the ranks.

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
During the past week nearly a dozen of the Webster volunteers who were taken prisoner at ballís Bluff, have returned home. Of these are George W. Lewis, W. H. Palmer, H. J. Raymond, Wm. H. Amidown, W. W. Bosworth, E. L. Parmenter, Henry Butler, Henry Clapp, Henry Groh, V. L. Negus

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
Last Saturday evening the returned prisoners belonging to Company I, to the number of a dozen or more, met at Joslinís Hotel and enjoyed the hospitalities of our citizens in a supper prepared for their benefit. The tables were bountifully spread. Besides the prisoners, there were present at the tables, the Committee of Arrangements, consisting of Messrs. F. D. Brown, M. D., H. M. Dresser and F. Q. Robinson, together with a limited number of invited guests.

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.

 

 

15th Massachusetts VI