From the Richmond Examiner, 2/12/1864
Re-Capture of Twenty-Two of the Escaped Yankee Officers – During
Wednesday night and yesterday, up to six o’clock, twenty-two of the Yankee
officers who effected their escape from the Libby prison on Tuesday night, were
overhauled at various points in the direction of the enemy’s lines below, and
returned to their quarters in Richmond. The following are the names of those
retaken up to last night: Colonel J. P. Spofford, Ninety-seventh New York;
Captain J. Yates, Third Ohio; Captain G. Stair, One Hundred and Fourth New York;
Captain F. Irah, Forty-fifth New York; Lieutenant H. H. Hinks, Fifty-seventh
Pennsylvania; Lieutenant W. N. Daily, Eighth Pennsylvania cavalry; Lieutenant A.
B. White, Fourth Pennsylvania cavalry; Lieutenant E. Schroeder, Seventy-fourth
Pennsylvania; Lieutenant W. L. Watson, Twenty-first Wisconsin; Lieutenant F.
Moran, Seventy-third New York; Lieutenant C. H. Morgan; Lieutenant H. Schwester,
Eighty-second Illinois; Lieutenant W. B. Pierce, Eleventh Kentucky cavalry.
Lieutenant A. Moore, Fourth Kentucky; P. S. Edmond, Sixty-seventh Pennsylvania;
Second Lieutenant P. H. White, Eighty-third Pennsylvania; Second Lieutenant J.
M. Wasson, Fortieth Ohio; Second Lieutenant S. P. Gamble, Sixty-third
Pennsylvania; Second Lieutenant G. S. Gord, Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania; Second
Lieutenant J. P. Brown, Fifteenth United States cavalry; Adjutant M. R. Small,
Sixth Maryland; Isaac Johnson, Engineer steamer Satalite.
Eight of the number were taken by Messrs. Ligon, Richard Turner and Hatcher,
who were sent out from the prison on fleet horses on Wednesday.
Adjutant Small, one of the returned prisoners, states that the exodus through
the tunnel commenced about dark on Tuesday evening. The officers entered
according to their rank, Colonel Straight leading off. They went one after
another, stripping off their boots and shoes before descending into the
basement, and moving very cautiously. This continued until near three o’clock in
the morning, when there was an alarm that the guard was coming. This caused the
crowd of prisoners congregated in the rear portion of the building to
precipitate themselves to the front, and the tumult was noticed by one of the
sentinels below, who shouted out that there was "too much noise in the prison."
So far, the officers of rank who escaped have taken good care of themselves, but
one colonel out of eleven colonels and seven majors, having been recaptured. The
search for them in every direction will not be suffered to lag, however, and
fresh horses and couriers were sent out yesterday.
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