August review, continued
Mr Seward seized some of the ladies in Washington, imprisoned them & subjected them to the grossest indignities, Mrs Greenhow, Mrs Phillips, & her sister, our old friend Miss Martha Levy being of the number. These last were soon liberated, but Mrs Greenhow remains now in custody. His treatment of them comes nearer to that of the wretch Haynau to the Hungarian Ladies than aught else we ever heard or read of choking one by the throat to compel her to give up a paper which she had swallowed, keeping a sentinel always in their bed chambers, and other vile treatment. I think I mentioned the face that medicine was pronounced Contraband – thus making war upon the sick & wounded.
Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979). http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html