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Escape from the Confederacy (1890)

by Benjamin F. Hasson

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Original title: Escape from the Confederacy— Overpowering the Guards— Midnight Leap from a Moving Train— Through Swamps and Forest— Bloodhounds— Thrilling Events

A short sketch (published 1890) by a Union officer who escape from a moving prisoner train in North Carolina. And subsequent overland journey to Union lines, as the title foretells. As usual with many escape stories he travels at night to avoid detection. What is most interesting is the kindness of slaves who fed and directed him in an impromptu underground railroad. The South is described by Hasson as a "police state", watched over by a home-guard who otherwise could not fight in the regular army for whatever reason. Strangers were suspect - escaped slaves, escaped prisoners or military deserters were commonplace about the country.

Hasson was of the 22nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry from Washington, PA. ( )
  Stbalbach | Feb 12, 2016 |
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