Our Unchanged prisoners.
We have heretofore mentioned the fact that Capt. Robert W. Baylor
, who was captured in the neighborhood of Charlestown
, Va. in the early part of December last, is still held as a prisoners in Fort ware The case of Capt.
B. is a peculiarly hard one, and strikingly illustrates the bitterness of Yankee hatred.
At the time of his capture he was just recovering from a severe wound, received in the service of his country, and from which his recovery at one time was deemed exceedingly doubtful.
The causes for the detention of Capt.
B may be briefly stated.
Some time previous to the evacuation of the Lower Valley
he was in command of a cavalry company, which was on detached service in Jefferson
by command of Brig. Gen. Carson
, who was at the time in command of that Department.
A disloyal resident of Harper's Ferry
, by the name of Rohr
, was in the habit of ferrying negroes across the Potomac
at that point, and running them off to the camps of the enemy at Sandy Hook
, about two miles from the ferry.
This man Capt. B. Determined
to capture, and for this purpose sent his son in command of a detachment to accomplish that object.--Young Baylor
took with him a trusty negro man, to aid his purpose of entrapping Rohr
On arriving at the ferry.
and his men secreted themselves under the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge, while the negro was sent forward to signal Rohr
to come over with his boat, which he did readily.
When he arrived on the Virginia
side, young Baylor
rushed from his concealment and demanded his surrender.
Instead of complying with the demand, Rohr
, who was armed, attempted resistance, when he was fired upon and killed by some one of the detachment.
Upon the facts above narrated the Yankees
have based an informal charge of murder and violation of a flag of truce, and refused to exchange Capt. Baylor
, notwithstanding he has repeatedly demanded an investigation of the whole affair.
Refusing to investigate the matter, they have, through sheer malignity, detained their captive for nearly six months in Fort Delaware
the Confederate Government owes it to itself and the brave men who are imperiling their lives for its defence, to demand his immediate exchange.