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John James Geer, Beyond the lines: A Yankee prisoner loose in Dixie 3 3 Browse Search
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mon 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 all those friends who have cheered him since his return home with kind words and deeds, the author begs leave to extend his warmest thanks,--but more especially to Rev. Alexander Clark, Editor of Clark's School Visitor, who revised and arranged the Manuscripts for the press, and to whose scholarly abilities this volume owes so much. He desires also to testify to like kindness on the part of Rev. W. B. Watkins, A. M., and Milo A. Townsend, Esq., of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, whose friendship has laid him under a debt of grateful remembrance. J. J. Geer. Springfield Ohio, June 8, 1863.
a common jail, and chained to the floor. From the description he gave of it, their condition must indeed have been horrible. Think of that, all you who sympathize with traitors, and equivocate, if you can, or dare, upon such acts as these! You may say you do not believe such things were done. Let me then refer you to a case, sworn to by one of the sufferers, upon his return home, now Lieutenant William Pittenger, as noble a young man as ever breathed, and formerly associate of Rev. Alexander Clark, in the publication of Clark's School Visitor. It is from an official report, given before Judge Holt, by order of the Secretary of War: An order came for the execution of our seven comrades who had been tried. It was at that time entirely unexpected to us, although at first it would not have been. Sentence of death was read to them, and they were immediately tied, without any time for preparation being allowed them. They were told to bid us farewell, and be quick about it.
urtured into strength, and that they have ranged themselves on the side of the oppressed slave. Would to heaven that ministers of religion, as well as statesmen, would shake off their lipfetters, and throughout the whole nation proclaim, as with one voice, the liberty of Gospel love! As long as the heralds of salvation are time-servers and caste-courters, there will be Pharisaical hatred to God's poor. The reader will peruse an extract here from a sermon on Christian Courage, by Rev. Alexander Clark, delivered in the mid-summer of 1862, some weeks before the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. The words are timely and truthful now as then: To the Christian citizen, who, in this nation, is greater than a ruler in any other, I would say a word to-day. These are times of sorrow. Our nation is terribly lacerated, and bleeding at every pore: Horrid civil war hangs her black pall over our summer skies. The clouds have hovered long, and still they gather. All the
ding, fronting on Murray street, were occupied by Warren & Wilson, manufacturers of boots and shoes. The estimated loss on their stock is $50,000; insured for $55,000. Hook, Skinner & Co., importers of cloths, occupied the second, third, fourth and fifth floors of No. 33 Warren street. Damage of their stock to the extent of about $130,000 was done; insured for $150,000. The upper stories of No. 31 Warren street were jointly tenanted by George A. Clark, dealer in spool cotton, Alexander Clark, importer of shawls, and J. F. Milwood, importer of needles. Their aggregate loss reaches the sum of about $70,000, insured fully to the extent of $150,000. The stock of W. E. Dibblee & Co., importers of silks, at No. 29 Warren street and No. 25 Murray street, was damaged by water to the extent of about $10,000. Fully insured. The large building siding on Church street was owned by R. H. McCurdy. It is damaged to the extent of $10,000; insured. The injury to the other build
ould not give a straw for the oath of such men; and I perceive, by the way, from the papers, that a good many of that kind of men have been discharged by our authorities at Richmond who have returned the kindness by leading the Yankees upon our forces. Some of our citizens have lost slaves in the last few days. Most of them left on Saturday night last, and I have no doubt Union men and Yankees had a hand in it. Amongst the number missing, the following persons are the losers, viz: Alexander Clark, Esq., one; John E. Alexander, one; Henry Alexander, three; John Symms, one; Robert Thrasher, one; John Dansooyer one, and Henry Smith, one--making nine in all, that are missing. Perhaps, there are more that I have not heard of. A. T. Caperton had one to run off, but was recovered, and is now in jail. The 22d Virginia regiment was ordered to leave Dublin for Greenbrier county, I understood, on Monday last, but I understand it did not leave until yesterday, and went by railroad to