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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.36 (search)
imore; marched from the depot to Fort McHenry, where we remained all night—a night never to be forgotten by one of those ragged, half-starved Confederates. It rained all night, and we stood huddled out in the open slush, unable to lie or sit down. We were then put aboard of a canal boat and carried by way of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal to Fort Delaware, where we were landed about the 6th of July. Fort Delaware was situated on an island of about ninety acres in the upper end of Delaware Bay. We were placed in barrack;, in the northwest corner of the island, with a plank wall around to secure us. We were barely fed enough to keep us alive. On the outside of our enclosure stood the fort, officers' houses, hospital, and other buildings. However, we were never allowed to go out, except now and then in small details to load or unload a vessel (a service I had never been called upon to do). On the way from our barracks to the wharf was a gate in the wall, about twelve feet wi