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Journal of George Henry Clay Rowe
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Friday, August 22, 1862

Arose this morning in good spirits. Somehow or other, I had strong hopes of getting out of jail, notwithstanding that Dr Stanley had been sent for and liberated by the Secretary of War, and I had heard nothing. It seemed to me that my wife's energy or the interference of some friends might strike off the shackles of my confinement. About eleven o'clock I went down to the commissary room to purchase vegetables for our mess. While standing in front of the door, one of the sentinals on our beat, a perfect beast in appearance, most insultingly ordered me to stand back. I told him I understood my priveleges and should remain where I was, he then walked up, his musket at a charge bayonet, and, with an oath stated that unless I obeyed, he would run me through. I stood perfectly still and looking the scoundrel in the eye, dared him to touch me. The cowardly dog walked off without another word. On the stairs I met Hunter and, telling him the incident, he proposed that we should go upstairs and curse the whole line of sentinals. I cheerfully agreed, and from the window of his room he commenced cursing and I deriding them; in half a minute, we were ordered away from the window, on our refusing, one of them took his musket from his shoulder and threatened to shoot. I dared him to do so, and told him he was such an ass and coward that he could not strike the story, much less the window. Hearing my name loudly called behind me, I turned and there were Roberts and Dr Cooke and Coakly and Wrenn entreating me to desist and stating that all hands would be shot unless I ceased such awfully indiscreet conduct. Just at that moment, I saw Tom Addison, an old schoolmate, ascending the stair; rushing forward to meet him, I was rejoiced to find that he was not a prisoner, but had come to assist in releasing us. He was very much interested in our cases, and before coming up he had evidently been laboring with the different departments of the government in our behalf. He came now to inform us that he had found an opportunity for sending our application for an exchange of state prisoners. He informeds us that the Lincoln government had retreated from its agreement to exchange us all in return for seven union men they named, and now required man for man for all nineteen of us. The company appointed me to write a letter on the subject to be sent through Mr Addison to the Confederate Government, which I had scarcely completed, when the Sergeant of the guard informed me that my wife had called again to see me.

Next, wife Virginia visits again and lingering thoughts of wife


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