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In Their Own Words

October 19, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Yankee Prisoners Escaping

A Georgia soldier stationed in Atlanta wrote to his sister, telling her of the escape of some Union prisoners.

“…Thursday evening a little after sunset, fourteen of the Yankee prisoners got out of jail, and twelve of them made their escape. One was caught before he got over the palings, and one fell from the top of them and broke his leg. Another one was taken up Friday night, which leaves eleven out yet. We have had a great time hunting for them. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 193.