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Rowe Descendant Tree Index of Names George Henry Clay Rowe

Journal of George Henry Clay Rowe
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Monday, August 19, 1862
The furniture we ordered through Dr Hall, having been furnished, I proceeded early this morning to the task of preparing a proper presentation of our case to the U S Secretary of War. I finished drawing the paper quite expeditiously. It met with the unanimous approbation of my fellow prisoners and was instantly dispatched to its destination. As this paper forms a part of this experience, it is herewith attached, marked "A". I now directed myself to the preparation of my own application, which having accomplished, I sent one copy to the Secretary of War, and another to Mr Leutze. Hunter came in and proposed a walk in the passage which is exactly fifteen paces long. By the way, I should mention that one of the considerations shown to us in the removal of the sentinal from this passage and the permission to walk in it and to visit each other's rooms, and also the removal of the restriction which applies to all other parts of the building forbidding more than two inmates of each room to absent themselves down stairs at the same time. As we walked, I was struck with a number of what appeared to me to be auger holes throught the floor. I remarked to Hunter that I was supposed they were made for the purpose of draining the water off, when the passage was washed. He told me to my great surprise that they were bullet holes from guns discharged in the buildings and drew my attention to the fact that in the ceiling opposite every perpendicular hole in the floor, could be seen a corresponding opening where the charge had passed out. He then carried me to several points where prisoners had been shot for such trifling reasons as placing their hands outside the window bars or making manly answers to the brutal order of the sentinals. He told me an incident of the murder of a Mr Steuart of Baltimore, who bad been incarcerated because of his Southern sentiments. The sentinal, who grarded his door, agreed to facilitate his escape for the sum of fifty dollars which was paid him on the night of the proposed flight. About midnight the sentinal came to his cell, pointed out the way, and told him all was ready. Obeying his instructions, Mr Steuart proceeded to mount the fence at the designated point, the top of which he had scarcely reached when the prodigious brute, who had accepted the bribe, shot him through the heart. After dinner Hunter came into our room again, and the evening was passed pretty much in playing cards. He learned me a new game, introduced by one of the prisoners, and appropriately styled "Old Capitol."

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