From the Richmond Whig, 4/6/1865
ESCAPED. - We were called upon yesterday by Captain Sidney
S. Grovnor, of the United States Secret Service, and John Hancock, both lately
held as prisoners in Castle Thunder by the Confederate authorities, upon the
charge of being Union spies. In the height of the evacuation they were brought
out with other prisoners to be marched off, but on their way through the city
their guard stopped to drink some whisky running in the gutters, its destruction
then going on. This opportunity the captives embraced to escape, and they
remained concealed until the advance of the Union forces entered the city.
Hancock was confined in a dungeon, and his life was in jeopardy.
William Lohman, charged with treason to the Confederate
Government; William White, similarly charged, and Lieut. Church, charged with
recruiting for the Union army within the enemy's lines, also escaped, and
several others. They are now in the city.