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At Hampton, Virginia, two hundred and forty exchanged Union prisoners reach Fort Monroe

Elizabeth City County, Virginia, 1857
01/03/1862
In one of the first large prisoner exchanges of the war, two hundred and forty Union soldiers were released from Richmond prisons for a similar number of Confederates. The Union men were transported aboard the Confederate steamer Northampton, which met the Union vessel George Washington outside of Newport News, Virginia.  From there they sailed to Fortress Monroe at Hampton.  Most had been captured at Bull Run.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1862), IV: 5. 

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