From the time of their capture, therefore, until December, 1864, when Governor Bonham
turned them over to the military authorities again, these poor prisoners were in constant uncertainty regarding their fate, with the gallows standing in the jail-yard as a reminder of what that fate was to be. They did not know, as appears herein, that action was suspended in their case, for the statements of both Johnson
and States indicate that they believed their trial, or at least their liability to be tried, extended over many months.
Our captured men in Charleston
were joined by—
, Co. E; captured Nov. 12, 1863, North Edisto
, S. C.; died a prisoner in Feb. 1865, at Florence, S. C.
Of the circumstances regarding his capture nothing has been found.
It is a singular fact that the date of Grover
's capture is the same as that of Johnson
, of the Fifty-fifth; and Botany Bay Island
, where the latter were captured, forms one shore of the North Edisto
, where the former is reported to have been made prisoner.
Although the regiment was aware that many of the men were alive as prisoners, from reports of the enemy, the statements of deserters, contrabands, and other sources of information, the names of the survivors were not ascertained until, on Aug. 3, 1864, a list was received under circumstances set forth on page 218. This list is probably the one which appears in the New York Tribune of Aug. 10, 1863, in connection with the following letters:—