Confederate Prison in Petersburg, April, 1865
This prison in Petersburg was known as "Castle Thunder”
When this photograph was taken, in April, 1865, for many months Confederate
sentries had been pacing up and down where the Union sentry now stands with
his gun at "support arms." For months a succession of Union prisoners had
gazed out longingly through the bars, listening to the Union guns which day
after day roared out the approaching doom of the Confederacy. The investment
of Petersburg was the last great task demanded of the Army of the Potomac.
During the night of April 2d, Lee retreated from Petersburg and Richmond,
and a week later he surrendered at Appomattox. On the following page are
some views of the interior courtyards of this great tobacco warehouse
converted into a prison, where the incessant sound of the surge and thunder
of battle and the increasing scarcity of food were the only indications to
the prisoners of the fortunes of the armies.