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The Daily Dispatch: September 11, 1863., [Electronic resource], The currency. (search)
Attempt to escape --our man shot. --Yesterday morning, about five o'clock, a bold attempt was made by several prisoners to escape from the city jail. Their names are Wm. Fitzgerald, G. W. Farrell. James Smith, Geo. G. Scott, Gen. Elam, Robert Burch, and Chas. Mitchell. From the officers of the prison we obtained the following particulars of the affairs. At the hour mentioned above the guard on the outside of the jail were made aware of the movements of the escaping prisoners, and stationed themselves at every point commanding a view of the jail, ready to fire at their first appearance. In a very short time Mr. Wm. Hall, one of the Mayor's police, detailed as watchman there, discovered the seven men above cited on the roof of the building, in the act of jumping down in the yard outside the walls next to the street. He was standing about the centre of the high hill leading to the Medical College, nearly on a level with the position occupied by them, and fired directly among