Military Prison. I have no doubt that many other Northern men should receive similar notification. You however have a better opportunity of judging of the matter than I have
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Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Charles M. Willard, born in 1825 in Livingston County, N. Y., moved to Ill. to practice law in 1853, settling in Chicago in 1858. Mustered in as 1st It., Chicago Light Art., on July 16, 1861, he was promoted to capt. on Sept. 27 and to maj., 1st Ill. Light Art. on March 1, 1862. On Jan. 16, 1863, he resigned because of poor health. Charles B. Kimbell, History of Battery "A" First Illinois Light Artillery Volunteers (Chicago, 1899), p. 245.
Feb.y 26th 1863.
I have changed the signal to the following. One rocket will denote the presence, in sight, of a rebel boat; two guns the presence of more than one. The same signals with the addition of a single gun that they are passing up stream above Warrenton and rapid firing that they are passing the batteries. Three rockets will indicate tha[t] rebel boats have turned back and followed by a single gun afterwards that. they have come to anchor below. Entire silence after three rockets will indicate that they have passed out of sight.
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ALS, MdAN. O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 438. A copy of this letter was endorsed by Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter on March 3, 1863. "A Tug will be on Picket some mile and a half below the Canal on the left bank of the River. —Her signal on the discovery of a vessel coming up the River is three Whistles and then three more. A Red light to be displayed by all our vessels—and should the enemy display a red light also to deceive us, our countersign is 'Red light'—that is, a vessel on being hailed, if a friend will answer 'Red light' " ES, Mrs. Walter Love,