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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 17, April 29, 2007, Article 12

STONEWALL JACKSON IN GAOL

Harold Levi writes: "Several issues back, there was some discussion 
about the word “gaol” and its meaning and usage. I wanted to jump in 
at the time but could not remember where I had recently read the proper 
use of the word. 

"The book was “I Rode With Stonewall,” a memoir written by Henry Kyd 
Douglas using a diary he kept during the war and other period documents. 
He was the youngest staff officer in Gen. Thomas J. Jackson’s command. 
My copy of the book is a paperback published by Fawcett Publications, 
Inc in 1965.

"Douglas was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1860 about the time he 
turned twenty-one. In 1865, after the war, he was arrested and taken 
to the Old Capital Prison in Washington City to testify in the trial 
of Mary Surratt and others. They somehow thought that Gen. Jackson 
had been involved with the Lincoln assassination. On page 329, Douglas 
makes the following statement, “The life of a prisoner in such a 
mysterious gaol was more or less exciting and interesting after it 
was over, an experience one was glad to have had but not anxious to 
repeat.”"

CONDER TOKENS AND THE SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION OF GAOL
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