From the New York Times, 4/12/1899
End of Libby Prison.
From the Chicago Times-Herald.
The doors of Libby Prison were closed to the public for the last time Tuesday night. A salute of twenty-four guns was fired from the old cannon in front of the building by members of the Eighth Regiment, and the end of one of the most famous relics of the war of the rebellion was marked. The thousands of relics which have been on exhibition in the building will be stored, and within a few weeks wreckers will commence demolishing the prison. A huge exposition building, larger than Madison Square Garden, will be built by the Coliseum Company on the site of the present building. It is probable that the work of wrecking the building will be done so hastily that it can never be again rebuilt.