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[232] wide, forming the pathway of the sentinels. Ten or twelve feet in front of the stockade was a row of pine poles. Through each of these an auger hole was bored and a strong two-inch rope passed. This was called the dead line. If the prisoners touched it, or came too near it, the negro sentinels were instructed to fire upon them. Frequently they would cry out: ‘Look a-here, white man, the bullet in this nigger's gun is getting mighty hot, and he will fling it into some of you directly, if you don't mind!’

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