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    Details of John Hunt Morgan's Daring Escape

    Battle of Chattanooga Letter from Confederate P.O.W. 8" x 5" letter written on both sides of thin laid paper, n.p., December 6, 1863, from an unnamed soldier to his girl friend Peyton. As was the practice at the time, some of the text appears "against the grain" to conserve precious paper. Very small handwriting, accompanied by typed transcription. He makes some reference by a prior remark he made about a deserter, mentions that he explained his personal situation to Gen. Breckinridge's A.A.G., Major Wilson, who was sympathetic and advised him to take the oath. "... he is not at all desponding in regard to our cause. He gave some news about a recent battle near Chattanooga. The federals only captured about 2000 prisoners, their loss being quite as much in killed and wounded as ours... Cabble Breckinridge was here also, many friends were out to see him but they were not allowed. I think it a petty contemptible action on the part of Genl. Boyle... but that seems to be characteristic of the Yankee army generally that is, except in the front, there generally all civility is shown to a prisoner for they don't know when they will be captured... Capt. Sheldon [who] escaped from Ohio Penitentiary with Genl. Morgan... was captured about six miles from the city. He gave me a full account of how they escaped, which seems almost incredible with their knives and coal shovel they cut and dug themselves out. they cut holes through the floors of seven cells and tunneled under the wall of the building in which they were confined... they then divided into parties of two and left in different directions. The Genl. and Capt. Hines left upon a train about fifteen minutes after their escape... Capt. Sheldon and Taylor were taken back to Columbus a day or two since. You can rest perfectly easy about the balance. it will be almost a miracle if they catch any of them."

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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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