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Interesting Statements Of A Returned Prisoner

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Day
3
Month
January
Year
1862
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Public Domain
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We had an interview yesterday with Samuel D. Hurd, of' Bangor, Maioo, Becond Lieuteuant in Oompany C, ot the öecond Eegiment of Maine Volun'cers, who waa badly wounded and taken prisoner at tho battle of Buil Run, and who reached this city yesterday, on bia roturn from Obarleston. He left thatcity on Thursday, the I2lh inst., haviog been one oí sonso three hundred prisont-rs who wero confmed in tho City Jai!, which was lurned during tho lato conflagración - the prisonera making their escapo by jumping from a small windovv - the 'only oiía which was not barred. Mi'. Ilurd was shot throngh both legfl at Buil lüin and also wounded in the side. lío was taken to Manajssas, where his wounds were dreesed by a rebel surgeon, named M'cWilliapBP,, from Maryland. They were aftefwarda removed to Kichmond, and confined in Edward's tobáceo ware house, from which they ware taken to Charleston - about four hundred nf the whoie niiftiber being confined in Gastle Pinckney, and the remaindcr, about three humlred, boing sent soon ofter to the City Jail. . Tho jstil was a largo brick building on Broad street, and nearly all thu prisonere were in a large upper room, tho Windows of which were barred and closed with ron ehutters, except ono sniall one eveflooking a very narrow street in the rear of tho building. Mr, Ilurd states that the fire broko out, as near as he could judgo, in a gas house, next door to a lash and blind factor)1, and that it spread with great riipiditv. Groat eflbrts were made to extinguish i t, but without the .slightost effect. The engino?. worked by hites and negroes, seemud ntterly powerless, and the fiamos spread finally to the ja.it, the roof of wbich was on fire. No inovement toas made to let the prisottert ut. Tbs guarda usually stationed arouiid the building were away, and no soldiers were visible. Mr. Hurd States that Col. Corooran was the ürst one to leap tbroogh tho window, exclairfting as he went out, " Here goen for Bürtufort or tho North." Hurd wr.s the next, and as he struuk upon the pavement, hü says half a dozen others oarne upon bim, and the whole room was speed.ily einptied of its amates. They spent the night in the vicinity of the fliimos, keeping together as weil as they could - many of therri being . eeverely wounded. They had nothing to eat and nothing to drink, except some liqnor whioh a portion of them got froin the cellars of houses from whioh the oocupanta had been driven by th3 fire. At iibout 10 o'clock guards wero sent to tnke them in charge. They treated them with gr eat brutality, striking with their guns those of them vvho did r.ot move quickly enough. - , One of the soldiers told the sergeant of the guard that Col. Corcoran was missing. His reply w;is, that perhans he was burned - if not ha must be liunted up. Men wera sent to look after hitn. At two o'clock the whole squad of piir-oners wero driven to Castle Pinckney again, where tbuy were loft in the open court-yard through the whule of that dny and the folluwing night, withcut shelter of any kind and with no othor clothing than that in which they made their escape. Col. Corcoran was not in Castle Pinckney vvith%ie rost of the prisoners, nor had Mr. Hurd been ble toobtain any intelligenco concerning him. Ilethinks it probable that he made au effort to escape to Beaufort. On ïhursday Hurd nnd half a dozen others of the wounded prisoners wero told that they would be sent North. Six others, nained Frank Trines, of New York: Nichnlson. of Vermont, and McBrien, O'Brien, rilson and Millott, were also relensed on taking an outh not to serve agaio against the South nor reveal anythihg they :night have learnod there, Th;y were all p.i't into a railroad train and taken to Kichmond, and tlicnce to Norfolk - having ÖOfbiog to oat or drink on the way. Frorn Noriolk thoy were sent under a flag of tnice to Fort Monroe, and thenco to Washington. Mr. Hurd Bays thnt the treatment of the prisoncrs hap been brutal and itifamous. Tlicir allowance of food was a quart of oatmeal, with three pints of water a day - and they were eonstant.ly exposed to the scolis, jeers and insults of the inob. At Richinond Ihoy were required to do picket tluty part oí tho time, and to snoot any prisoners whom they saw looking out of a window. Hurd himselt was in this way wounded in the neck, and a fullow prisoner frorn Maine, Etaated Dasjcrett, waa killed. Mr. Hurd states that among tho pridoners removed from Richmond to Castle Pinckney early in September, was a Mr, Hurlber.t - and frorn bis deacription of bis personal appcarance we aro inclined to thiük it is Mr. W. H. llurlbert, formerly connected with t)ie Timet, and welJ koowo in this city. He was left in Castle Pinokney and not taken to Charleston with the rest of the prisoners. When Mr. Hurd returncd to tho Castle, after the fire, Mr. Ilurlbert recognized liirn atul apote of his return. Mr. Hurd states that Hurlbert has euflored gruatly from his imprisónmeot, that lio has had a sévere attack of typhoid ievur and ie exoeedibgly pale and emaclated. ,IIu is very low-spirited and despondent. His treatment is the samo as that of thü other prisoners. Among tho prisonera left thure were two, nainud Tripp and l'almer, from Soranton, Pa.; two, namod Boorman rmd Ohase. IVoi'i Wilkesbarre.- and quito a Durabar ot men bdonging to the Now York 7lst and lf'iro Zouaves. At Charleston, tlio general opinión seemed to be that tho fire was the Work oí tlie negroes. The citizens mainly wentto Savannah. The negroos wéré notguarded, but Mr. Hurd eaw no reason to suppope that their feelings toward tho North wero different iïoin those of tho whites. At lliohiiiond, wliere they wero aliowed to go about the city, Mr. Hurd says thoro were abundant cvidonces of Union sentiment. Verj inimy met and sfaook hands with hiin, declaring themeelves Union men, and one persou, whoso name he gavo na, to!d him that b;;lf the troopa there were Union men, j but had been pressed iaio tho rebel service. Ther$ wore great nu;:. i' troop nt FKenmond and along tbe road u Noi-fOlk. Mr. Hurd secüred hisdisöhnrgefrom the army at Waabiógton, ánd s ip fiia way home. He hpea wopden log, and vfirioüs oth :r memoranda of Üis connoction with tbe war.

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