From the diary, which is in the Collections of the Southern Historical Society, it appears that the writer was a minister of the Baptist Church, and a citizen of Caroline county, Va.
, who, at the age of sixty years, raised and largely equipped with his own means a cavalry company, of Godwin
's battalion, of which he was elected captain.
A spirit of exalted patriotism and of deep piety pervades the record.
was captured at Gloucester Point, Va.
, July 20, 1863; transferred from Johnson's Island
to Point Lookout, Maryland
, in February, 1864, and, it is inferred, was exchanged in the month of April following.
The ‘Plan of Escape,’ it appears, was submitted by Captain Allen
early in the month of December, 1863.