I'm new to the forum, so do not know if I'm searching topics correctly. I searched 'Alfred Ely', didn't seem to find anything but this doesn't mean I looked well. Has anyone else come across Alfred Ely's journal? It's on Google books. He was a journalist and a Representive from New York who was swept up as a civilian/political prisoner in the shambles after Bull Run. It's a great account of what it was like, from the carriage ride there to the actual capture, to the imprisonment in the tobacco warehouse. This must have been Libby? I think they didn't call it Libby as yet, although someone please correct me on this. There's one part of our family, the Husons, who lost 3 sons in the Civil War. One was Calvin Huson Jr., who was in Ely's carraige that day. He is mentioned here and there, along with his death from disease later during captivity. We'd never really known much of what happened to the guy before someone sent us Ely's journal, all we'd known was that he'd died a political prisoner in Richmond after Bull Run. At any rate, this is an awesome read, from the viewpoint of one of the unfortunately optimistic civilians who went out to actually watch a battle transpire. My husband re-formated it for my Kindle, if anyone would care to have a convienient copy, otherwise it's entirely free and readable on Google.