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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A plan to escape (search)
the United States. The Island was strongly fortified and the garrison greatly increased, so that all hope from that source had to be abandoned. Mr. Seddon, Secretary of War of the Confederate States, informed me after I got home, that had the news of the Canada Plot been delayed two days longer, the fleet from Canada would have attempted our deliverance. December 17-19 [1863], our plan of organization was completed, a few days after this plan of escape was written. L. W. Allen. February 8, 1863, Captain Allen records the organization of the Order of the Brotherhood of the Southern Cross; its object that of union amongst the officers and men of our army, and Major General J. R. Trimble, of Maryland, was elected General; Colonel John Critcher, of Virginia, Lieutenant-General; Colonel Miles, of Louisiana, Colonel Cantwell, of North Carolina, Colonel Maxwell, of Florida, Colonel Shannon, of Texas, Colonel George, of Alabama, Colonel George, of Tennessee, Colonel D. H. Smith, of Ke