Successful Escapes of eighteen prisoners from Castle Thunder.
yesterday morning it was known throughout the city that eighteen Yankee deserters, confined in Castle Thunder, had effected their escape the night before.
The building in which they were confined was on Cary street, directly opposite Castle Thunder, although all persons confined in both are under the supervision of the same officers.
From Lieut. Wilburn
who was on duty at the time, we obtained the following list of those who made good their exit from the prison: Wm. C. Williams
, Frank Shepherd
, K. Lent
, John Criner
, Wallace Edson
, H. H. Parker
, Henry Bradburg
, G. W. Danner
, Geo. Scott
, Philip Smith
, Chas. Williams
, Patrick McAnally
, Arthur Hill, Geo. Gaillard
, Chas Smith
, Wm. May
, Thos. Brown
, and Mann Clark
Their mode of escape was by removing some bricks from under the sill of the door to the second story of the building.
Running in a line with the floor of this story is a wide platform, on which a sentinel is constantly posted; and when we consider that their means of egress was so near the guardsman as to almost scrape his feet, it does not speak well for his vigilance that the enterprise was so successful.
A prisoner in the same room with those who escaped, also a deserter from the Yankee
army, and for a long time in the old U. S. service, not only refused to participate in the flight, but used his best efforts to notify one of the sentinels what was going on. With a pencil he wrote on an envelope the arrangements which were being made, and threw it out of the window on Main street, so that the sentinel might pick it up; but he failed to discover it till the number specified above had already gotten out. As soon as the envelope was found and its contents made known, which was about one o'clock. Thursday morning, the alarm was given, and soldiers were sent in every direction in search of the refugees.
Had not the plot been discovered at the time it was, there is very little doubt that before morning all the prisoners confined in the building would have escaped.--After the discovery was made known to the officers of the prison, the Yankees
who failed to make their escape became so incensed against the informant that it was found necessary to remove him to another apartment in order to protect him from their indignation.
Up to a late hour last night two of the runaways had been captured and brought back.
We are informed by Lieut. Wilburn
that about 9 o'clock on the same evening three or four Confederate deserters, confined in the prison on the north side of Cary street, effected their escape to the east yard; but, being discovered, and finding it impossible to run the gauntlet of the sentinels on duty, they speedily beat a retreat, and when pursued into the room in which they had been confined they were found snugly in bed, seeming as if an attempt to get away had never been thought of by them.
The bars to the prison window had been bent open, and by this means room enough was made for a man's body to pass through.
Constant vigilance is essentially necessary in taking care of such a large number of prisoners as are now confined in this city.