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Escape of prisoners from Johnson's Island. In an interesting article by Lieutenant J. H. Carpenter, of New Orleans, La., on Prison Life on Johnson's Island, in the Century Magazine for April, 1891, he makes the statement that the prison was so isolated and so well guarded that notwithstanding repeated efforts of the more daring spirits confined there to secure their liberty, not a single escape occurred during the war. This has been proven to be a mistake. Lieutenant T. E. Fell, of Newnan, Georgia, in a communication dated April 5, 1891, and published in the Newnan Herald, gives his personal knowledge of the escape of Captain Robert Cobb Kennedy, of Alabama. Kennedy was a perfect daredevil, and no situation, however perilous, seemed to daunt his courage. Captain Kennedy's escape and subsequent recapture, conviction by a court martial and final execution, are thus described: Few officers of inferior rank figured more conspicuously during the late war than Captain Robert Co