sulted by the officer in command.
The next morning we were again placed in boxcars, and on the same evening arrived in Macon.
From the depot a guard of Georgians took us in charge, and marched us to Oglethrope barracks, about a mile distant fromon was served out to us, which consisted of about a pint of corn meal and a table-spoonful of salt each.
I remained in Macon, together with my other officers, until the latter part of July, when I was among the first six hundred sent to Charleston.
At the time of our leaving, it was stated one thousand remained, of which I have no doubt.
Our rations in Macon were of the poorest kind — the bacon frequently decayed, and always full of maggots; the rice full of weevils; the beans full of wor it. Among my immediate acquaintances was and is a Mr. Ellis, of the navy, who was suffering severely from its effects in Macon; his body being covered with huge sores, which, since his removal to Charleston, have become somewhat better, but far fro
await further orders, and was to keep near the Ottawa for her protection.
I directed my march towards the road from St. Augustine to the crossing of the Haw Creek, thence to Volusia.
I had sent on the evening of the twenty-first a despatch to Cdown the river, that I had no further use of her. The infantry I ordered to concentrate at camp, nine miles south of St. Augustine, at that place, and at Picolata.
The two hundred of the One Hundred and Forty-fourth were ordered to return to JacksGeneral Gordon informed me to-day that he expected the men who had escaped from the Columbine, and who had arrived at St. Augustine, to reach Jacksonville this evening, and I regret that they have not, as I was anxious to see them, and get their stasoldiers of the Thirty-fifth United States colored troops, who had also jumped overboard; together we made our way to St. Augustine, which place we reached in five days.
I hereby certify that the above statement is true and correct.