Excerpt from Reminiscences of His Capture and Escape From Prison and Adventures Within the Federal LinesI started out with the party, when one in particular begged me to take care of and not turn him over to any one else. I promised him I would. WeMoreExcerpt from Reminiscences of His Capture and Escape From Prison and Adventures Within the Federal LinesI started out with the party, when one in particular begged me to take care of and not turn him over to any one else.
I promised him I would. We had hardly gone one hundred yards, when, who should come galloping to my assistance, seeing I had too many for safety, (hadnt disarmed a single man) but Coley Jordan, whether by accident or intentionally I do not know.
He remarked, Give me this fellow, Ill be responsible for him meaning the fellow to whom I had promised protection. I told him no, that I had promised to keep him in my charge and would do so. We soon re-floored the bridge and crossed the canal, then forded the river, and with twenty or more prisoners marched on to Leesburg. On nearing the town the prisoner referred to above asked permission to see his mother and sisters and tell them good-bye.
I then for the first time learned that he was a renegade Virginian and lived in Leesburg, having deserted his State and joined Keys command, which was stationed at Point of Rocks. I sent him to bid his family good-bye, and it happened that he lived next door to a young lady (Miss R.
G., ) who was at the time in conversation with several of our men, one of whom was the renowned Fred. Smith. As soon as she saw the prisoner, she went into ecstasy and jumped for joy- expressed a very great and special desire to form the acquaintance of his captor - that she might thank him in person. Fred. Smith came down, delivered the message and escorted me up. She then explained to me why she had preferred his capture rather than a full regiment of any other Yankees, and had prayed incessantly that he would be.
It seems that every time his command visited Leesburg, this fellow would take advantage of the opportunity to search with a squad every house in the town, particularly those of the prominent citizens, apparently looking for Mosbys men, and at the same time committing all the depredations possible. This, of course, was very trying to the citizens, especially the ladies, who had looked upon this fellow with holy horror. I promised Miss G.
that I would not let him escape, and after receiving a very cordial invitation to visit her which I promised to do in the near future, very near future, the command moved off.Having decided to write you, I wrote Miss G., now Mrs. G., to ascertain if possible the name of this fellow, and though it has been thirty years last October, here is her reply:Winchester, Va., Oct. 10, 1894.Mr. F. H. Rahm:Dear Sir: I fully appreciate the motive which prompted your request and answer at once.
The name of the man was Forsythe, and I recall the incident perfectly. I feel sure your account of the escapade will be most interesting and shall be greatly obliged for a copy.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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