2021-02 Raynors HCA Live
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Letter in the hand of General Winder's son, Sidney for his father, 1pp., Richmond Va., Dec 24, 1861, to General Huger, in large part, "Mr. Alfred Ely leaves in the morning for Norfolk on his way to Fort Monroe, he having been exchanged unconditionally for Mr. Faulkner ...." While witnessing the First Battle of Bull Run, Congressman Ely was taken a prisoner by the Confederates and imprisoned in Libby Prison of Richmond, Virginia; he was there for nearly six months. Ely was exchanged for Charles J. Faulkner, by the latter's own negotiations. At 5:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Ely was set free from Libby Prison. He served until the onset of the American Civil War, newly elected President Abraham Lincoln having replaced him with William L. Dayton. When Faulkner returned across the Atlantic Ocean to settle matters in Washington D.C., he was arrested in August 1861 on charges of negotiating sales of arms for the Confederacy while in Paris, France.
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Information on Honorable Ely’s Release - Issued by the Authority of General Winder

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