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Stewart, George H. Private, Co. G; exchanged March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C.; discharged Oct. 7, 1865, at General Hospital, Alexandria, Va.

Vanalstyne, William D. Private, Co. B; died a prisoner, Sept. 10, 1864, at Andersonville, Ga.

Besides these ten men of the Fifty-fourth, the following named is reported in roster under circumstances as below stated, and his name is included for the purposes of this writing with our prisoners:—

cook, William. Private, Co. G, ‘missing; Feb. 21, 1864; left sick at Barber's Fork., Fla.,’ and no further record.

Attention is directed to the fact that the prisoners released are reported to have been exchanged at the same place and date as their comrades captured before Charleston. Whether they met the latter then or at some earlier date, does not appear. They were certainly removed from Andersonville before that prison was closed. All the Olustee prisoners or missing in the roster are accounted for, except Corporal Robert J. Jones, of Co. I,—of whom the record says, ‘missing, supposed died prisoner,’ and nothing further.

Our wounded appear to have been first taken to Lake City, Fla., and later to Tallahassee, Fla. In an article published in the ‘Philadelphia Weekly Times’ of Sept. 19, 1885, Captain Robert H. Gamble, who commanded the Leon Light Battery in the engagement, says,—

‘I have a distinct recollection of there being many wounded negroes; and the next morning my colored servant, by my order, devoted himself to caring for them, I telling him, at the time, that he was released from duty, so that his time could be given to his color, which he cheerfully did. Afterwards many colored wounded prisoners were brought to Tallahassee, and placed in the Masonic Lodge as a hospital, where they were carefully cared for.’

But another account, in the Charleston News of July 21, 1884, written by Florida Saxon, of Clarendon Co., S. C., says that—

‘The public buildings [in Tallahassee] were converted into temporary hospitals for the prisoners. The wounded negro prisoners were taken to the seminary.’

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