It was suggested that they hide us in the cabin.
This had two rooms, but the master had locked the door of one and taken the key. The partitions did not run to the roof.
One of the boys climbed up and pulled up a board so that we could drop down into the other room.
Making a ladder out of stools and negroes, we ascended, then dropped.
We found a bed in the room, and a hole in the bottom of the door, made for cats to pass in and out; this was used as a dinner hole, the negroes passing rations through it. We awoke in the morning much refreshed, but when I looked at Frank I was startled.
He was as black as a negro, and he broke out laughing when he saw me. In reaching our room we had passed through several years' collection of soot and had taken some with us, and, not having a key to the bathroom, were forced to keep dark
The negro came at night and unlocked the door, having obtained the key through the house servant.
They said, “We are going to take you to see a white man.”
We answered, “Oh, no!
We take no stock in white men.”
But they replied, “He is one of you'ns.
We talked with him to-day, asked him if he would like to see a Yankee, and he said he reckoned he would.
Then we told him we had two hid, and he asked us to bring you to his house.”
We had the most perfect confidence in the negroes, and followed them to a house where we found a true Union man. His name was L. H. Packard
, from Kent's Hill, Maine
He prepared supper and made us feel at home.
had lived in the south eight years, had been married, but his wife was dead, leaving two little girls, one five, the other seven years of age. His life had not been a happy one since the war, as he was resolved not to enter the rebel army.
He had worked