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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Lieutenant Charlie Pierce's daring attempts to escape from Johnson's Island. (search)
The following morning the prisoners were taken to the Old Capitol prison, where they were confined three days, when the officers were sent to Johnson's Island and the privates to Point Lookout. As soon as the captured officers reached their future prisons, the bouyancy of their natures asserted itself, and during the winter months every species of amusement possible was indulged in to drive away the ennui and render prison life bearable. A minstrel company was formed, of which Charlie H. Pierce was among the leading performers, and their entertainments were witnessed and appreciated by many outside as well as inside the prison, and by none more eagerly than the officers of the garrison, who invariably assembled to witness them. They also organized base-ball clubs — the Southern nine, composed of those below the rank of captain — of which Charlie Pierce was captain and catcher, and the Confederate nine, composed of the higher officers. Their championship game was considere