was ascertained that a young man named Flaherty
had escaped from the prison. He was Hunter's
roommate and, singular to say, his father had had him
incarcerated to prevent his joining the Southern Army!
I failed to state in my record of yesterday that Miss
Belle Boyd left for Virginia with
the exchange of prisoners and that, on the night previous,
the prison guard having been changed, Flaherty and Hunter
and I went down stairs and completely fooled the greenhorn
who stood her sentinal. I learned from her her own life
history. It was quite interesting, but too long to narrate
here. Indeed, it was near one o'clock when she finished.
She was quite an important character in the prison. The
illustration of her conduct during one evening which I
have previously given in these pages is a fair sample
of her general demeanor whilst here. The immediate cause
of her arrest was her being detected bearing dispatches
to Gen Jackson in the valley of Virginia.