resolved to go up to a house and find the way. Hines
went to the house, while the General
stood in the road.
Hearing a body of cavalry come dashing up behind him, he quietly slipped to one side of the road, and it passed by without observing him. They went travelling after Hines
, and, poor fellow!
he has not been heard of since.
How sad to think that he should be either captured or killed after so many brave efforts, not only in his own behalf but also in that of the General
, for the General
says that it is owing chiefly to Hines
's enterprise and skill that they made their escape.
When he arrived at the river referred to above, he tried to get over, intending to stop that night with a good Southern man on the other side.
He could not get over, and had to stop at the house of a Union man. The next morning he went to the house that he had sought the night previous, and found the track of the Yankees
They had been there all night, expecting that he would come there, and had murdered every body who had attempted to reach the house, without hailing them.
In pursuing this brutal course, they had killed three young men, neighbors of this gentleman, and went away, leaving their dead bodies on the ground.
After he had crossed Okey's River, and got down into Middle Tennessee
, he found it almost impossible to avoid recognition.
At one time he passed some poor women, and one of them commenced clapping her hands and said, “Oh!
I know who that is, I know who that is!”
but, catching herself, she stopped short, and passed on with her companions.
The General says that his escape was made entirely without the assistance from any one on the outside, and, so far as he knows, also without their knowledge of his intention; that the announcement of his arrival in Toronto
was one of those fortuitous coincidences that cannot be accounted for; that it assisted him materially, no doubt.
In fact, he says that his “wife's prayers” saved him, and, as this is the most agreeable way of explaining it, he is determined to believe it.
The above account may be relied on as correct; and, although much has been left out, yet enough is printed to stamp it as one of the most remarkable escapes in history.
An appeal from Morgan.