Revolt of convicts.
--On Monday, 11th ult., the convicts in the Chatham Prison
, numbering eleven hundred men, succeeded in overpowering their keepers, and for the space of a few hours held undisputed sway of the prison.
Upon being ordered to return to work, after dinner, a gang of about fifty turned upon their keepers in the yard.
whom they soon overpowered and drove before them.
Other gangs of convicts then joined the mutineers, and the keepers on duty, to the number of about one hundred and fifty, were driven out of the prison by the infuriated convicts.
The prisoners in the cells were then liberated, and a scene of the utmost confusion ensued.
After gaining their liberty, the convicts immediately commenced a wholesale work of destruction in the interior of the prison.
A large number of them rushed into the office of Capt. Powell
, where they commenced destroying the books and papers, and every other available article on which they could lay their hands — desks, tables, chairs, and every thing which could be broken up being quickly destroyed.
They then endeavored to set the prison on fire, and the building was actually fired in two or three places, from which the flames began to pour forth, but were extinguished from the outside.
Information of the revolt was sent to the garrison, and one thousand troops were soon on the ground.
The convicts were driven into their cells at the point of the bayonet, and order once more restored.
The next day punishment was ordered on about ninety of the mutineers.