ished, with stations and passwords and signs for the underground, as it was called.
They made their way by steamer down to the Patuxent—on to the eastern shore.
They bought, borrowed or captured small boats, sail or with oars, and they put out in the darkness over the waters to find the way to Dixie.
The gun boats searched bay and inlet with their strong lights and their small boats.
Sometimes they caught the emigres and more frequently they did not. When they did the Old Capitol and Point Lookout military prisons were the swift doom of the unfortunates, where they languished for months, half clad and nearly starved.
This blockade running went on over the Potomac from the Chesapeake to the District of Columbia, right under the surveillance of the Federal authorities.
When the watch became too vigilant and the pickets too close along the rivers, the Marylanders made their way up through the western part of the State, where the sentiment was generally Union, and forded the river f