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PRISONERS OF THE 126TH REGIMENT ON BELLE ISLAND, RICHMOND, SEPTEMBER 11.—The following extract from a letter received from my son, CHESTER B. SMITH, (Co. E, 126th Reg.,) last week, will be of interest to the friends of the prisoners on Belle Island, belonging to the 126th Regiment, N. Y. V.
There were 19 of our Regiment, (126th,) on Belle Island when I left there, Sept. 11th. I do not know all of their names, but will send you all that I can remember.
Sergt. McCarrick, Nathan Beedon and one more of Co. B, whose name I do not remember, (probably Charles Dunning.)—Capt. John Swick, Alexander Wykoff, and a man by the name of Mullen (whose first name I do not know), of Co. C, Michael Cunningham, Co D—Edgar Havens, John Ralph and John Dunnigan, Co. G. They were all well when I left, but without tents.
CHESTER A. SMITH.1
- “PRISONERS OF THE 126TH REGIMENT ON BELLE ISLAND.” Geneva (NY) Courier. October 12, 1864, p. 3 col. 1 ↩