Where was Jens Dahle 150 years ago today?
Just two days previously, the Confederate Army led by Hampton captured 1000 Union soldiers at the Battle of Ream’s Station, Jens Dahle was one. He and his fellow prisoners were loaded onto a rail car and taken to Richmond, Virginia. As with most Union prisoners, Jens was processed through a warehouse conscripted by the Confederate army and called Libby Prison. The photo on the left is the original Confederate roster of Union prisoners processed at Libby on 27 August 1864. Jens Dahle is noted with the red box. Officers were imprisoned on the upper floors; the lower floors were for the processing of prisoners before moving the regulars out to other locations.
The record of the capture, transference by train, intake at Libby and subsequent details of prison life are taken from the diary of Sergeant James Everhart of Allegheny, Pennsylvania (Company G, 8th PA RES, Volunteer Corps) who kept a diary during his concurrent stay with Jens. It is doubtful James and Jens knew each other as each unit would stay with its own. And while Jens’s experience would have been different (e.g. he was already weakened by the bout of dysentery he had suffered the year before) James’s experience and the dates they occurred are almost mirrored day to day until their release in February 1865. 
Libby no longer stands but is memorialized by a plaque on the side of a flood wall on the James. 
 Confederate Record of Jens T. Dahle. List of Federal Troops Captured at Reams Station, Virginia on August 25, 1864 and Recorded at Confederate Military Prison in Richmond, Virginia August 27, 1864, NARA, Identifier 616054; Record Group 249, Records of the Commissary General of Prisoners, 1861-1905.
 Florence C. McLaughlin, editor, “Diary of Salisbury Prison by James Everhart,” The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, July 1973,
 Personal observation by Jill Morelli, July 2013.