Regimental flag fragment sent home by 1st Sgt. Geo. H.
Fisher. Captured at Gettysburg, Sgt. Fisher would be confined
at Libby Prison with his Colonel.
Captured at the Battle of Gettysburg where the
Regimental flag was torn up to prevent its being
taken by the Confederates, Col. Tilden would be
confined in Confederate prison at Macon, Georgia
and at Columbia, South Carolina before being moved
to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The
tenacious Yankee Colonel would escape Libby on
February 9, 1864.
This Libby Prison photo was found
among Col. Tilden’s personal things.
It is by Confederate Richmond
photographer Charles R. Rees. The
rectangular sign at the corner of the
building reads L. LIBBY & SON,
SHIP CHANDLERS from which the
prison was named. Oddly enough
Capt. Luther Libby was a Maine native
who established the chandlery in
Richmond in 1854. Early in the war
his buildings were taken over for use
as the prison that would carry the
Libby name. Son George W. Libby
would serve in the Confederate army.
A tunnel exodus from this place of just
over one hundred Yankee prisoners
with nearly half the number quickly re-
captured has been set in history as one
of the most daring and successful of