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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—

Grover, William. Private, 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 and Logan, 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:—

Colored soldiers in South Carolina.

to the Editor of the New York Tribune:
sir,—While confined in Charleston Jail, S. C., in June last, as a prisoner-of-war, the following note was placed in my hands, and the accompanying list. Massachusetts journals are requested to give them wide circulation.

Respectfully yours,

an exchanged officer. New York, August 9, 1864.

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