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Title: Famous adventures and prison escapes of the civil war
Year: 1893 (1890s)
Authors: Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925 Pittenger, William, 1840-1904 Richards, A. E. (Adolphus Edwards), 1844-1920 Duke, Basil Wilson, 1838-1916 Willcox, Orlando B Hines, Thomas Henry Moran, Frank E Shelton, W. H. (William Henry), 1840-1932? Wood, John Taylor
Subjects: Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916 Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875 Libby Prison Chattanooga Railroad Expedition, 1862 Morgan’s Ohio Raid, 1863
Publisher: New York : The Century Co.
Contributing Library: University of Connecticut Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Connecticut Libraries
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surely ashore, watch-ing the cruiser. The boat went up to the davits ata run, and she started to the southward again. Thegeneral was very much relieved, for it was a narrowescape.The wind still holding to the southward and east- ESCAPE OF GENEEAL BRECKINRIDGE 313 ward, we could work only slowly to the southward,against wind and current. At times we suffered greatlyfor want of water;our usual resourcewas to dig for it, butoften it was so brack-ish and warm thatwhen extreme thirstforced its use the con-sequences were vio-lent pains and retch-ings. One morningwe saw a few wig-wams ashore, andpulled in at once andlanded. It was aparty of Seminoleswho had come out ofthe everglades likethe bears to gathereggs. They receivedus kindly, and wedevoured ravenouslythe remnants of theirbreakfast of fish andkountee. Only the oldchief spoke a littleEnglish. Not morethan two or threehundred of this once powerful and warlike tribe remain in Florida; theyoccupy some islands in this endless swamp to the
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314 ADVENTUKES AND ESCAPES IN THE CIVIL WAR southward of Lake Okeechobee. They have butlittle intercourse with the whites, and come out onthe coast only at certain seasons to fish. We werevery anxious to obtain some provisions from them,but excepting kountee they had nothing to spare. Thisis an esculent resembling arrowroot, which they dig,pulverize, and use as flour. Cooked in the ashes, itmakes a palatable but tough cake, which we enjoyedafter our long abstinence from bread. The old chieftook advantage of our eagerness for supplies, and de-termined to replenish his powder-horn. Nothing elsewould do; not even an old coat, or fish-hooks, or acavalry saber would tempt him. Powder only he wouldhave for their long, heavy small-bore rifles with flint-locks, such as Davy Crockett used. We reluctantlydivided with him our very scant supply in exchange forsome of their flour. We parted good friends, aftersmoking the pipe of peace. On the 7th, off New River Inlet, we discovered asmall sail sta
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