There were several naval officers in our squad and the rebels had allowed them to retain their personal property.
While at Macon
they had bought most of their food and saved their meal.
On the march to Charleston
one was directly in front of me. He had a heavy load to carry, and not being used to marching had a hard time.
Among his effects was a bag containing about a peck of meal.
He would change it from one hand to another, and at last set it down, as he could carry it no farther.
I was in light marching order and as soon as it touched the ground I picked it up and carried it into our new prison.
I also had a broken water pitcher
that the guard had allowed me to take out of the gutter, so I had meal and a dish to mix it in.
We found the jail yard a filthy place.
In the centre was an old privy that had not been cleaned for a long time, and near it was a garbage pile, where all the garbage of the jail was deposited.
A gallows occupied a place in the rear of the yard.
The wall surrounding the yard was twenty feet high, so that no air could reach us and the hot sun came down on our unprotected heads.
The only cooking utensils we had were those brought from Macon
, and were not half enough to supply our wants.
The jail was filled with all classes of criminals, male and female, and, with the exception of the women, all were allowed in the yard during some portion of the day. There were also several soldiers of the “Maryland line
” who had refused to do duty longer for the Confederacy
, and several negroes belonging to the 54th Massachusetts, captured at the siege of Fort Wagner
The negroes were not held as prisoners of war but rather as slaves.
Their captors did not know exactly what to do with them.
They were brave fellows,