Archives: libby prison

Civil War: Prison break

Of all Richmond’s Civil War stories, this story is the one that most truly shows the determination, ingenuity, and courage of the Union prisoners who spent time incarcerated in the Confederate capital.

Civil War: Retaliation and Henry Sawyer

150 years ago today, Captain Henry W. Sawyer’s life hung in the balance as he awaited execution in Richmond’s Libby Prison.

The biggest yankee in the world

As the army of Gen. George B. McClellan reached the outskirts of Richmond, residents found a diversion from the impending battle in David Van Buskirk–the biggest yankee in the world!