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Sergeant Oats, Prison Life in Dixie: giving a short history of the inhuman and barbarous treatment of our soldiers by rebel authorities 2 0 Browse Search
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nd it would take us to Jacksonville — which was in possession of the Yanks. This is the substance of his speech, although he embellished it with much boasting and many oaths. The whole speech was a lie. He was included in Johnson's surrender to Sherman, and was then under orders to go to Tallehasse to turn over his arms to the United States authorities. This we learned after we got out. After this speech the guard opened ranks, and we marched out. Good-bye, Johnnies! Good-bye, Yanks! --were the parting salutations. Were we really free? Could we go or stop, as we pleased? It was like a dream! It was so sudden-so unexpected. Our minds were not prepared for it. We could hardly realize it. We felt like shouting! A great load had been suddenly lifted-but how? What had become of it? I do not remember how far we had to travel. It seems like it was forty-two miles from our camp to Jacksonville; but I can't remember how far they took us on the cars. I think it wa