I saw there was a chance for escape.
We were in a thick wood, but would in a few moments come into a clear country.
I called for Martin, but got no reply.
I gave my blanket to a member of Company E beside me, requesting him to give it to Martin; told him of my intention, and walked between the two separate guards and was free.
The subsequent events of his unhappy experience are related in the following extract from a letter written by Mr. Lot H. Carley after his exchange, dated Annapolis, December 5, 1864:—
Martin, being lame, fell back to the rear.
White made his escape.
The next morning the sick, Martin among them, were detached and put into the cars, reached Macon, where they remained two days, then started for Savannah.
When about twenty-five miles from Macon he jumped from the car. The guard supposed he was falling, and attempted to catch him; he did get hold of him, which eased his fall very much; but as it was, he injured one leg badly by spraining his knee