, December 22, 1895.]
A very graphic description.
Experience at Johnson's Island and Point Lookout—Pickett's charge at Gettysburg—The cavalry fight at Boonesboro, Maryland.
The following gaccount of prison life at Johnson's Island, and the writer, in speaking of his short stay at Point Lookout, after his release, says:
Thinking we had exhausted the capacity of prison life for hashland anchor out in the bay, and heard the call for Gettysburg prisoners.
We were to go to Point Lookout; had never heard of the place, and knew nothing about it; but we knew it could not be any worse than the place we were in, and were glad of any change.
At Point Lookout we had tents-seventeen men to a tent.
Our rations were no better, but we could bathe, and that was a great luxury to us..
I had been in prison twenty months, three and a half at Fort Delaware, and seventeen at Point Lookout.
We were paroled in March, and a pitiful set of men we were.
I weighed barely ninety pou
f anybody must fight for you, I'll do it.
Mr. Deal had suffered every wrong from these men, and when one of them commenced to abuse him, he told him boldly how he, Ford, had robbed him of horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs, and the man went off without another word.
Our next stop was at Cool creek, in Watague county, but we drew no rations until we arrived at Greenville, Tenn., when we had some hard-tack and bacon.
We were hurried on to Knoxville, where we were turned over to regular United States soldiers, and fared a little better.
At Nashville we were lodged in the pen, but we had better rations than before.
We crossed the Ohio river at Louisville, and on the other side, at Jeffersonville, saw the first signs of mourning for Abraham Lincoln—an arch bearing this inscription: Abraham Lincoln, the Saviour of His Country, Is In His Grave.
We took the train to Indianapolis, thence to Columbus, thence to Camp Chase, where we were kept for three months.
About the 1st of August