Escape from Fort Delaware

The "Richmond Dispatch" Newspaper of Aug. 28th, 1863 contained the following:
[Ed. note--The abbreviation "inst.", is short for "instant", an archaic English term meaning "of this month".
The men of the 9th Georgia were captured at Gettysburg, 2 July, 1863]
Fort Delaware was a Union POW camp in the State of Delaware, on an island.

Yesterday afternoon five Confederate prisioners, A.L. Brooks and C.F. Fuller,
Company "G" Ninth Georgia Regiment; John Marion, Company "D" Ninth Georgia;
Wm. E. Glassey Co. "B" 18th Miss.;and John Dorsey, Company "A", Stuart's
Horse Artillery, arrived here from Fort Delaware, having escaped therefrom
on the night of the 12th inst. The narrative of their escape is interesting.
Having formed the plan to escape, they improvised life preservers by tying
four canteens, well corked, around the body of each man, and on the night
of the 12th inst. preceeded to leave the island.
The night before being dark, they got into the water and swam off from
the back of the island for the shore. Three of them swam four miles and
landed about two miles below Delaware City; the other two being swept down
the river, floated down sixteen miles, and landed on Christine Creek. Another
soldier, a Philadelphian, started with them, but was drowned a short distance
from the shore. He said he was not going back to the Confederacy, but was going
to Philadelphia. He had eight canteens around his body, but was not an expert
swimmer.
The three who landed near Delaware City laid in a corn field all night,
and next evening about dark started on their way south, after first having
made their condition known to a farmer, who gave them a good supper. They
travelled that night twelve miles through Kent County, Maryland, where the
citizens gave them new clothes and money. After this their detection was
less probable, as they had been wearing their uniforms the two days previous.
They took the cars on the Philadelphia and Baltimore railroad at Townsend,
and rode to Dover, the capital of Delaware. Sitting near them in the cars were
a Yankee colonel and captain, and the provost guard passed them frequently.
They were not discovered, however, though to escape detection seemed impossible.
They got off the train at Delamar, and went by way of Barren Creek Springs, and
Quantico, Maryland, to Nanticoke River, and got into the canal.
Here they parted company with five others who had escaped from
Fort Delaware some days previous as the canoe would not hold ten of
them. In the canoe they went to Tangier, Chesapeake, landed in
Northumberland County below Point Lookout, a point at which the
Yankees were building a fort for the confinement of prisoners.
They met with great kindness from the citizens of Heathville,
who contributed a hundred and twenty dollars to aid them on their
route. They soon met with our pickets, and came to this city on
the York River Railroad. These escaped prisoners expressed in the
livliest terms their gratitude to the people of Maryland and Delaware
who did everything they could to aid them.
There was no difficulty experienced in either State in finding
generous people of Southern sympathies, who put themselves to trouble
to help them on their journey.

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