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 and the middle over the rail on the track. Their pursuers, however, got over this impediment in the same manner they did before-taking up rails behind and laying them down before. Once over this, they shot through the great tunnel at Tunnel Hill, only five minutes behind the adventurous “Feds,” who, finding themselves closely pressed, uncoupled two of the boxcars from their engine, hoping to impede the progress of their pursuers. Quick-witted Fuller, however, hastily coupled them to the front of his engine, and pushed them ahead of him to the first turn-out, where he switched them off out of his way, and dashed ahead. As they passed Ringgold, the runaways began to show signs of “giving out.” They were out of wood, water, and oil; their rapid running and inattention to the engine had melted all the brass from its journals; and they had no time for repair, so rapid was the pursuit. Nearer and nearer panted the iron steed behind them, until, when it was within four hundred yards of them, seeing that their only safety was in flight, they jumped from the engine, scattering in the thicket, each for himself. And now their troubles commenced. The whole country immediately swarmed with armed pursuers. Unacquainted with the country, they lost their way, were hunted down by mounted men and bloodhounds, and finally were all captured. Their plan had failed from causes which reflected neither upon the genius by which it was planned, nor upon the intrepidity and discretion of those engaged in it, but from a combination of unforeseen circumstances. It was a plan which the rebels themselves declared to have been “entirely practicable on almost any day for the last year,” but they did not
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