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every true and loyal man to expose the truth; or, speaking with more correctness, to strip from the hideous skeleton of Slavery all its gaily painted and deceptive cloaks and masks, and to exhibit it in all its ghastly repulsiveness. It is my purpose in the succeeding pages to narrate simply how, after being captured at the battle of Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, I was, on the most frivolous charges, tried for my life before several prominent Rebel Generals, among whom were Bragg and Beauregard; how I was subsequently chained with negro chains and cast into military prisons and common jails; how, escaping from these, and in company with Lieutenant A. P. Collins, I made my way to the swamps; how we lived in these malarious marshes for three weeks; how we were hunted with bloodhounds; how we were assisted by the slaves in our flight, and lastly, how, being recaptured, we spent weary months in confinement, and were finally, released on exchange from our dreadful captivity. To al
e all thought of home, wife, friends, earth, or heaven. The absorbing thought was the success of our army. Will you surrender? demanded Colonel Gladden. I have discharged my last bullet, sir, I replied. He commanded me to mount my horse. I refused. My captors then seized hold of me, and, throwing me across my wounded horse, made a rapid retreat. Our boys were coming at double quick, and so impetuous was their charge towards the enemy, who was now approaching-consisting of Beauregard's advance guard of five thousand cavalry — that they began retreating in wild confusion. More than a hundred riderless horses ran dashing past me. The conflict became general and terrific, and the mighty, sweeping onset of our brave boys was only stayed by the opening of Bragg's front battery, which incessantly poured forth its shot and shell. During this interim, myself and the guards detailed to take charge of me were located in a ravine, and hence the cannon shots passed over our head
er 2: First sight of a rebel Camp arraigned before Generals Jackson, Bragg, Hardee, Beauregard and Johnson a storm in Camp Bayoneting a sleeping man (?) inside view of a rebel prison Cimilar circumstances. But, added he, after a moment's consideration, I shall send you to General Beauregard: I could hardly repress a smile at this decision, for now, thought I, I shall see the I could detect a cunning shrewdness and a penetrating forethought in his tones and manner. Beauregard. You have been rather unfortunate to-day, sir. Geer. Yes, sir, a little so to-day, but not nd confusion, I could discover the cry? Cut his head off! But in the midst of the melee, General Beauregard ordered silence, and said he would refer me to General Johnson. As I was leaving BeaurBeauregard's quarters, I heard that gentleman say: We intend to go on from victory to victory, till we drive you invaders from our soil. Yes, replied I, for I felt his remarks keenly, just as yo
ontinued I, I will speak my last words with courage, and they shall be truthful words. When this war broke out, I was engaged at my profession in Cincinnati, Ohio; but I felt, and I avowed it at Heaven's altar, that I could be nothing else than a United States soldier. I accordingly volunteered to join my loyal countrymen already in the field. On March 4th, we left Paducah, Kentucky, and on the 13th, we landed on Pittsburg Hill. I contended with all my heart and might against Beauregard's skirmishers for several days; but I was finally overpowered by numbers, captured, and taken to Corinth. From there I was taken to Columbus, Mississippi, from there to Montgomery, Alabama, and from thence to Macon, Georgia. On the night of June 18th, in company with my comrade, I broke from the guard-house at the latter place, ran your guardlines, and escaped. Since then we have been fed and assisted by your negroes, until now we are in your power. In conclusion, gentlemen, I would