This is to be done in one of three ways. 1. By crossing on the ice to the main land. 2. By securing the steamer here and going to Sandusky, and there procure other transportation. 3. By being furnished transportation from friends on the outside. The first two of these plans have serious, if not insurmountable objections and difficulty. 1. For thee ice to be strong enough to cross on it will require such cold weather as utterly to unfit most of the prisoners to travel when they get to the main land. 2. It may be possible to capture the little steamer, but she can only take a small portion of the men and no plan must be entertained which does not provide for the absolute safety of all of our wounded and disabled comrades. No surprise of the garrison can be effected without the firing of guns, and this will give the Sanduskians notice. They having an armory and arms, one thousand men can be got under arms to receive us before we could steam from here or cross over on the ice. 3. The most hopeful plan of escape from the island is to secure outside aid. IV. How Shall we Return South? In one of three ways. 1. By reaching the main land, procuring horses and marching through Ohio to Pittsburg or Wheeling, or through Kentucky to Virginia, or Tennessee, or Georgia. 2. By reaching the main land and moving up towards Toledo, or the Straits, to Canada. 3. By crossing the lake to Canada. When it is remembered that in the late gubernatorial election in Ohio the aggregate vote was upwards of four hundred and fifty-five thousand men; three-fourths of whom we may safely conclude are capable of bearing arms, to say nothing of the many garrisons and camps in the State, together with the great distance to be travelled in this inclement season, the very poor equipments of the prisoners, the whole trip to be performed among a most hostile population, all being taken together, make these plans most difficult and dangerous, if not utterly impracticable. The third, to wit: Outside aid is the only one which may be considered practicable.
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The Virginia, or Merrimac : her real projector.
Another account of the fight.
The forces engaged.
The old Texas brigade, [from the Richmond times, September 22 , 1891 .]
Major Jackson of the V. M. I.
The Confederate Veterans.
Capture of generals Crook and Kelly of the Federal army.
Recollections of General Earl Van Dorn .
The First North Carolina Volunteers and the battle of Bethel .
The First regiment ( N. C. ) Volunteers. [ Western Democrat , May 28 , 1861 .]
Thanksgiving service on the Virginia , March 10 , 1862 .
Mrs. Henrietta H. Morgan . [from the Louisville, Ky. , courier Journal, September 9 , 1891 .]
A plan to escape
General Thomas J. Jackson .
Characteristics of Jackson as described by his Chief surgeon , Dr. Hunter M'Guire .
The Valley after Kernstown .
Oil-Cloth coat in which Jackson received his mortal wound.
An impressive scene.
Social life in Richmond during the war. [from the Cosmopolitan , December , 1891 .
The Nineteenth of January .
Jefferson Davis .
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