Title: The great locomotive chase; a history of the Andrews railroad raid into Georgia in 1862
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Pittenger, William, 1840-1904
Subjects: Chattanooga Railroad Expedition, 1862
Publisher: Philadelphia, The Penn publishing company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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llcourt-martialed and hung. Walton andhis companions advised us to escape if we could, and promised to dowhat they could to help us. This was great news indeed, and all contro-versy as to escaping was ended. But how ? As usual there were two classes of proposals—the one for secret work,the other for open force. The first wished to try the same plan in sub-stance that had been employed at Chattanooga; to saw off a few bars fromone of our windows with a knife which Wilson had, wait for a dark night,and, making ropes of our blankets, descend, one by one, slip past theguard, climb the high fence, and then hunt the way to the borders of theConfederacy. My objections to this plan were obvious. We were liableto be discovered in the cutting of the bars, which would be a slow process.It might be some time before a dark night was found, for it was now inOctober, and the weather was very fine; and in the meantime the courtmight begin its deadly work, or irons be welded upon us as had been done
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George W. Walton.graph. From a photo- 3M Daring ana Sjtfferiiig. with Andrews. If none of these obstacles arose, and we were ready .c:start, it was almost certain that not more than one or two could get awayby this means. We had but two windows and they were closely watched.There were seven guards on duty all the time, who were relieved everytwo hours, and their vigilance directed toward us. It was by no meanslikely that many persons could climb down a rope right from windowsthus watched, alight, and scale a fence in plain view, before the alarm wasgiven. I would have had no hope of success. But in the other plan, we could not fail if every one did his exact duty,and we were now so well acquainted that we had perfect confidence ineach other. It was simply to attack our foes in broad daylight. Whenour food was brought in the afternoon, and the door opened we could rushout, seizing and holding perfectly quiet the jailer and his assistant, threat-ening them with death if they moved, unl
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