"BullóRing" At City Point, A Dreaded Provost Prison
The exigencies of war differed so widely
from those of peace that at times the prisoners held by their own side had
quite as much to complain of as if they had been captured in battle. The
"Bull-Ring" at City Point was composed of three large barracks of one story
which opened into separate enclosures surrounded by high wooden fences. All
this was enclosed in a single railing, between which and the high fence a
patrol was constantly in motion. The inner sentry stood guard upon a raised
platform built out from the fence, which gave him a view of all the
prisoners in the three pens. This is where the provost-marshal's prisoners
were confined. The sanitary conditions were indescribably bad. William
Howell Reed, in "Hospital Life," published in 1866, quotes an officer
recently liberated from Libby Prison as saying that he would rather be
confined in Libby for six months than in the "Bull-Ring" for one.
page 185 in 1911 book
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