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I took the horse of my Yankee prisoner and made the latter get up behind me and rode back to our lines.

I soon met General Jackson, who was glad to see me, saying with a smile, ‘I guess you will stay in bed next time you are sick.’ I said I would; told him everything I knew, and went on with my prisoner, now as his guard.

When I met the Twelfth Georgia regiment such a cheer greeted me as I never heard before. They were in the advance, and said they were coming after me.

The Thirty-first and other regiments all cheered, to my delight and to the chagrin of my prisoner. I rode on. Everybody in the army seemed to know that I had been captured, congratulated me on my escape, and asked me an hundred questions.

I finally turned over my prisoner, who said to me: ‘I treated you well, now you do the same to me, will you?’ I instructed the guard under whom he was placed to treat him well, rode off with his horse and equipments and joined the army, if not ‘a wiser or better,’ certainly a more experienced man.

I am in splendid health and spirits, and will not get caught again. I will be more careful in everything.

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