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The escape reported.

Sometime previous we had bribed a sentinel to tell us where we might find a yawl. Securing the yawl, we carried it to the wharf at the mouth of the Savannah, and, having no oars, were waiting for the tide to carry us up the river. It was only eight miles to the Confederate picket lines.

Before we were able to get away, one of the prisoners in the fort reported to the authorities that some of the prisoners had escaped. This we found afterward to be a fact. We knew we were pursued, because we could hear the noise of the well-known tramp of the Federal infantry as we lay prone upon the ground, as close as possible to the water's edge. The night was dark and rainy. Two-thirds of the pursuing party had passed us, when one of our number, becoming frightened, cried out: ‘We surrender!’


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