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Adventures Of Capt. De Golyer In The Enemy's Country

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Fi-om the Washington Suaday Chroniclo, Aug. 25. We had a visit last evening from Capt. )e Golyer, of company F, Pourth Miohan Regiment, who, with Assistant uartermastor Henry C. Jeueks, of the econd Rhode Island Kegiment, were aken prisoners at the Buil Run battle, arried to Richmond, where they escapcd. nd after nine days traveling, reached the 5otomac below Acquia Creek. ïhere aey íbrmed a raft, went to sea, were )icked up, and carried to Alexandria, nd finally reached this city Friday, in n exhausted condition. They werc capturcd on Sunday eveing at Stone Bridge, lcft Manassas with ther prisoners at 1 o'clock on Monday, nd werö thirty six hours on the route, vithout anytlnng to eat, during which ime they were tauted at each stopping )lace until they reached Richmond. At Llichmond most of the prisoners were onfiucd in a large tobáceo warehouse, vhich has iron bars at the windows. In hisprison Hon. Mr. Ely and all the c:ipured ofRcers were confiucd. in a room 00 eet long by 24 feet wide. ïhere were ixty in all iu this one room, giving 24 tjuare fect in longth and four fect in jreadth to cach man. From the esraped oiBcers we givc many nterestiog particular3 of their icllow )risoners in this room. ïhcy say llon. Mr. Ely bears his conCaement with equauimity, and that Col. Corcoran is well. and was r.ot woundcd at all in the engagement. The prisoners are fed on beef (gcncrally boiled) and wheat bread, with an allowanco of riee cvery other day. - Evory fine afternoon thero is a crowd of visitors - male aud fcmale - " to seo the Yankees. Xlns cxlnbition tne prisoners playfully allude to as "stirringup the animáis." Mauy of these visitors would no doubt treat the prisoners with kindness if they dared to do so. The officers of tho prison and the surgeons acknowledge their loss at liaWa Hun, in killed and wounded, to have been greater tlian ouvs. ïhey claim to have 1,300 National prisoners at llichmond, of whom 250 are wouuded. We have already stated that among these prisoners are about sixty officers. They speak in the warmest terras of tho kindness of Major Winder and other Confedérate officers, Uapt. De Golyer and Quartermaster Jencks lelt Kiimuond imraediatoly. But before leaviug they provided themselvcs with a loaf of bread, and teu cents worth of crackers. They traveled in a North-easterly direction, and about two miles l'roin Richmond they passcd the intrencliraents for the defeusc of tbat place. About three miles from the city they camo hy a stream spauned by a bridge, the flooring of vvhich had been removed. The crossed this bridge ou the stringers, and traveled all that uight - it was rainiug heavily - and wheu ïuoruing davvned they were astonished and terriüed to disoover that they h;td doubled duririg the night, and wcrc going towards the bridge ' they lind crossed scvcral hours before. - They took to the woods and ooaoealed themselvei all that day, resuming thcir journcy at night. During the ensuhig week five days were stormy, and onward they toiled, wanderiiig at random througU . the wood at night, without a star to guido them, and standing or lying on the wet ground in some thicket in tho daytime, drenched to the skin by the pouring rain. Many times thoy retraced the same ground they had goueover previously, and while lying perdu they often caught sight of secession cavalry dashing byOn Saturday morning they had a biscuit apieee, the last of their seanty stook. Tliat day and the next they eat nothrng more, except some ears of green corn, which had to be eat.n raw, as the matches they had were wet and would not ignite. The next day they filled their pockets with wheat from some shocks in a field, and this served them until they rcaclied civiliz:ition. On coming to the Potomac tlicy gatherod somo driftwood and made a rafl by ty'mg it together with their shirts, taken off for the purpose. Ou this they pnddled aoross, being in tho water leven hours - for on this raft they were more in water than out of it. They hailed a vessel, which proved to be a Baltimore sehooner, and the Captain informod them that they were ten miles below Aquia Creek. The schooner brought them up to Aquia, whcre the cheering sight of the Potomac flotilla greeted their eyes. They were here taken on board the Union, Goldsborough, whcre they wsro treated with the greatest kindness and atteution until their arrival here. They say that the intrenclmients this side of Ilichmond are about two miles from the city, and appoar to be vory strong. Of the intrenchments at Manassaa they are able to speak more positively, having had an opportunity to see them. Thoy are very strong in the direction of Buil Ruu, exteuding for a great distance.


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