From the Richmond Examiner, 9/1/1863

BELLE ISLE. – The camp of the Yankee prisoners now contains between 4,000 and 5,000 of them. – The camp is beautifully laid out, with streets formed by the row tents, and wells are sunk in every street. Captain Louis S. Bossieux is in command of the guard posted to guard the camp. Their quarters are on a high bluff overlooking the camp. The most rigid discipline is observed. At this season of the year a visit to the Island would be very pleasant, but military rules forbid it without a permit.

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