2nd Battle of Winchester

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My 3rd Great Grandfather, Hiram L Sibley of the 116th OVI, Company B was captured at the 2nd Battle of Winchester. Being an officer, he was taken to Libby prison and then a couple of others where he remained until he was exchanged in 1864. Is there any way to find out which prisons he was in?


This story was extracted from a book by Thomas F. Wildes who was a Lieutenant Colonel of the 116th Regiment of The Ohio Infantry volunteers in the War Of The Rebellion


"Lieutenant Sibley was recorder of a military commission at Winchester, of which Colonel Keifer was president, when the attack was made upon the place. He was at the time quite unwell. The morning of the attack he got out of bed the first time for a week, and went to the room of the commission to be excused by Colonel Keifer. While they were talking, the rebel artillery opened. Keifer buckled on his sword, saying: "I think there won’t be any further use of this commission," and left to command his regiment, Sibley was alternately in camp and hospital, until the night we moved out, when he rode Surgeon Smith’ s horse, and was finally captured in Colonel Early’s surrender in the morning attack. Many of the prisoners at Winchester were sick in hospital, but it is impossible to distinguish, from any records or papers in my possession, who were captured in hospital, or who in action. Company C, after reaching Harper s Ferry, was assigned to the 110th Ohio, and served with it until August 1st. On the evacuation of Harper’s Ferry, the stores were sent down the canal to Washington, the troops marching as an escort, company C accompanying the 110th on the march. Arriving at Washington, the news of Lee s defeat at Gettysburg was received, and it accompanied the 110th back to follow the retreating rebels. Reaching Frederick City, Maryland, it, with the 110th, was assigned to the 2d Brigade, 3d Division, 3d Army Corps, and marched in pursuit of Lee through Williamsport, Loudon, Upperville and Manassass Gap, where they skirmished with the enemy. Arriving at Warrenton, Virginia, the company was ordered to rejoin its regiment, which it did at Sharpsburg, on the 4th of August, having marched, in the meantime, about 250 miles, besides traveling by rail several hundred miles more. A captain’s commission awaited Lieutenant Mann, Lieutenant Lupton was promoted to First Lieutenant, and Orderly Sergeant William T. Biddenharn to Second Lieutenant, and were assigned to duty with their old company."


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Taylin

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http://thewebsters.us/history/116cob.htm

Says 2 men of company b died in prison camps - 1 at Andersonville and the other at Danville. It's likely he was sent to a different prison camp as Danville was operated in late 1863 and Anderson want built until April the next year. Probably transferred to Danville at some point as it evident by the death of another 116th
 



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