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  • Jewelle Baker
    G morning Group..... Gleaned for you.... the below report dated 02 Jan 1864...... mmmmmmm... makes your heart ache.... Enjoy your Sunday ..... glean family
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      G'morning Group.....
      Gleaned for you.... the below report dated 02 Jan 1864......
      mmmmmmm... makes your heart ache....
      Enjoy your Sunday ..... glean family information whenever you can :)
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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 4:01 PM
      Subject: News from Rebel Sources,Attempt to Escape Libby Prison: Jan 2-1864


      > Spirit of the Times
      > Batavia NY
      > January 2-1864.
      >
      > News from Rebel Sources.
      >
      >>From the Richmond Whig, Dec. 16.
      >
      > The Richmond correspondent of the Atlanta 'Appeal' describes a recent
      > visit to the Hotel d'Libby, in this city. He says that he found the
      > passages and ante-rooms of the prison piled up with boxes and bales of
      > clothing and provisions, which had just been received from the North by
      > flag
      > of truce. Upon ascending to the upper stories of the building occupied by
      > the prisoners, he saw the greatest profusion of comforts and luxuries, in
      > the way of provant that even a riotous imagination could conceive. Hams,
      > smoked beef, Bologna sausages, hung from the rafters; tin cans of potted
      > meat, oysters, sardines, green peas, etc., etc., were arranged on shelving
      > against the walls, while the finest pippins rolled along the floors.
      > Immense
      > packages of new publications, sets of chessman, backgammon boxes, &c.,
      > which
      > had apparently just been opened for distribution, prove that the Yankees
      > did
      > not intend their unhappy brethren should die of ennui.
      > The prisoners themselves were variously occupied, some lying at full
      > length on the floor, deeply involved in the tragic events of Miss
      > Braddon's
      > novels, others playing whist and euchre, or deeply pondering the gambits;
      > others asleep, others again eating their dinners. Brig-Gen. Neal Dow was
      > lapping up the soup furnished by the prison cook with evident
      > satisfaction.
      > One man only was reading the Bible. All looked in fine health, and seemed
      > remarkably cheerful.
      > *
      > Attempts to Escape from Libby Prison
      >
      > There were, on the 14th, in the Libby Prison and it dependencies, over
      > 10,000 Abolition captives. In this number are included 983 commissioned
      > officers, domiciled in the Libby, under the immediate supervision of Major
      > Thomas P Turner. By the record it appears that nine were received on the
      > 4th inst. Twelve died the same day. The arrivals for several days past
      > have
      > not been very numerous. On last Friday night Captain Anderson, of the
      > 51st
      > Indiana cavalry, (Strait's command,) Lieut. Skelton, of the 19th Iowa
      > regiments, (a red-headed, bullet-eyed, pestilential Abolitionist,) escaped
      > from the hospital of the Libby Prison by bribing the sentinel, one Hack, a
      > member of the 10th Virginia battalion of heavy artillery. This person was
      > purchased for $40. The escape becoming known, the occurrence elicited
      > inquiry, which led to the arrest of the delinquent sentinel, who will be
      > tried by court-martial for the offence with which he stands charged.
      > On Monday night three more unsuccessful attempts were made by four of
      > the officers confined in the centre building to leave surreptitiously.
      > Through the vigilance of Private P Fagan, of Captain Whittington's
      > Alexandria artillery, Co H, a guard at the prison, the conspiracy to
      > escape
      > was made known to the officers in command. The four Yankees alluded to
      > sounded Fagan on the subject of the escape, and he for the nonce pretended
      > to be willing to receive the bribe they offered. Communicating what he
      > had
      > done to Major Turner and Adjutant La Touche, he was instructed by them to
      > receive the money, while they would see that the parties were foiled in
      > their undertaking. About 12 o'clock the parties, after forcing open the
      > door, emerged into the street and approached Fagan and were in the act of
      > paying over the bribe, when, something exciting their suspicious, they
      > knocked down the sentinel and precipitately retreated into the prison.
      > Those in charge of the prison appeared at this juncture, pistol in hand;
      > but
      > on searching the locality from which the parties emerged, everybody was
      > found fast asleep.
      > *
      >
      >
      >
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