91st PA: old capital prison regulations

Old Capital prison regulations

Prisoners were apparently not allowed near windows. Besides Walter's description of the shooting of someone who violated that rule, Rose Greenhow indicates that she was threatened:

January 28.--This day, as I stood at my barred windows, and stood before one of them to get out of [p.217] the smoke and dust, &c. the guard rudely called Go away from that window! and raised his musket and levelled it at me. I maintained my position without condescending to notice him, whereupon he called the corporal of the guard. I called also for the officer of the guard, who informed me that I 'must not go to the window'. I quietly told him that, at whatever peril, I should avail myself of the largest liberty of the four walls of my prison. He told me that his guard would have orders to fire upon me. I had no idea that such monstrous regulations existed. To-day the dinner for myself and child consists of a bowl of beans swimming in grease, two slices of fat junk, and two slices of bread. Still, my consolation is, 'Every dog has his day.' (My imprisonment and the first year of abolition rule at Washington [London: Richard Bentley, 1863], pp.216-217)


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