Plymouth Pilgrim Enlisted Men Who Escaped

 

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BEEHAM, James A. - Private, Co. D, 103rd PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA. Escaped and recaptured. Died 16 or 19 Aug 1864 at Andersonville, GA. Grave 6127.

BETTIE, John - Private, Co. H, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Escaped June 65. Mustered out 3 Sep 65.

BOWERS, William H. - Private, Co. I, 85th NY. Escaped 21 April 64 with Dan Collins. Rejoined regiment 6 May 1864. Mustered out 1 June 65 from McDougal Hospital, New York Harbor.

BREEN, Morris - Private, Co. G, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Swore Oath of Allegiance to the Confederacy while imprisoned. Escaped CSA and reported back to the Union on 20 March 65. Sent back to the regiment on 23 March 65. Discharged 11 Aug 65 on Surgeon's Certificate for disability. Died 26 March 1866 at Palmer, Hampden Co., MA.

BUMBAUGH, George W. - Private, Co. A, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence Stockade, SC. Escaped from Florence 5 Oct 64. Recaptured 4 Nov 64 near Clinton, NC; giving a fictitious name & regiment. Paroled from Florence during Nov 64 as George H. Dunbar, 85th NY, Co. A. Paroled 16 Dec 64 at Charleston, SC. At Camp Parole, Annapolis, MD when Co. A mustered out.

BURKE, Daniel H. - Private, Co. A, 101st PA. Escaped 22 Feb 65 at Wilmington, NC. Mustered out 25 June 65.

CALKINS, James - Private, 24th NY Battery. Admitted 29 May 64 to the hospital at Andersonville, GA.  While there his health improved and fearing he would be sent back into the stockade planned an escape with several others including J. W. Merrill. Merrill spent several days obtaining medicines and supplies that they would surely need in the swamp. They got away at night but in a day or two were brought back to camp. Calkins had little mercy on the rebels and stole everything in the line of chickens, etc. that he could lay his hands on. Friends state Calkins later died in the hospital at Florence, SC; death date unknown. Buried in Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC as an unknown.

COLLINS, Daniel W. - Sergeant, Co. I, 85th NY. Escaped 21 April 64 with William Bowers. Rejoined regiment 6 May 1864. Mustered out 27 June 65 at New Bern, NC.

COON, John - Sergeant, Co. C, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence, SC. Escaped 20 Feb 65 at Wilmington, NC. Paroled 22 Feb 65. Discharged 25 April 65 to date 27 Feb 65; expiration of term.

CRAIGHEAD, Garret McCann - Sergeant, Co. G, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence, SC. Escaped 15 Jan 65 from Florence, recaptured 6 Feb 65. Returned to Florence and placed in the dungeon for some two weeks. Paroled 24 Feb 65 at Aiken’s Landing, VA. Mustered out 25 June 65.

DAILEY, Thomas William - Private, Co. F, 101st PA. Born 1849. Escaped 6 Nov 64. Reported to Union Lines on 22 March 65. Absent on furlough at muster out.

DUNCAN, John M. - Corporal, Co. C, 101st PA. Took Oath to CSA to escape captivity (Pardoned). Escaped 14 May 65 at Augusta, GA. Discharged 20 June 65.

FARRER, Emory - Private, Co. B, 85th NY. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA, Charleston & Florence, SC. Escaped 20 Feb 65, probably from Florence, SC. Mustered out 3 July 1865 at Annapolis, MD.

FINCH, Abel - Private, Co. H, 85th NY. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA. "Escaped and went to Macon, Ga. and got into our lines." Also listed as Paroled. Mustered out 17 July 65 at Elmira, NY.

FONNER, George H. - Sergeant, Co. C, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA. Admitted 7 June 64 to the hospital due to Diarrhea and on 12 June he returned to the prison. Volunteered to work in the hospital at Andersonville. By bribing a guard he escaped during Sept 64. While escaping, he was chased by guards with dogs. He hid in a swamp where he laid in water for 5 hours before proceeding towards Atlanta. He found a negro who was delivering a wagon load of bags of corn to Hood’s lines at Atlanta. George hid under the bags and arrived 8 Oct 64 to Sherman’s lines north of Atlanta. Transferred to Atlanta Exchange Barracks, and then to the hospital in Louisville, KY, where he was treated for rheumatism and debility. Then transferred to Washington, DC. Ordered 22 Dec 64 for 30 day furlough and then to return to the regiment. Arrived 6 Jan 65 at the hospital in Pittsburgh. Requested extension to furlough, since he was unable to preform duty due to rheumatism and debility. Discharged 25 Jan 65.

GILMORE, III James - Sergeant, Co. A, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence, SC. Escaped from Florence 4 Oct 64 with John Sheafer, Co. A, and 5 other prisoners. Captured, with intent on returning to Florence, but the following day, they took the guns from the guards and escaped again. Captured again and escaped. Only James Gilmore & John Sheafer entered Federal lines on 14 Nov 64 at New Bern, NC, supposedly bringing in 35 Africans with them. Reported to Provost Marshall, District of NC, and sent to Provost Marshall, Roanoke Island, NC prior to 16 Nov 64. Commissioned 2nd Lieut. 18 May 1865. Mustered out 25 June 65.

JOHNSON, Henry - Colored Cook & Private, Co. C, 101st PA. First served as a Colored Cook and then Mustered in 1 Jan 64 as a Private at Plymouth, NC. Escaped capture during the Battle of Plymouth. Marked as present April 64 at Roanoke Island, NC. Mustered Out 25 June 65.

JONES, David D. - Private, Co. C, 101st PA. Escaped 18 Oct 64 from Andersonville, GA. Reported 14 Nov 64 to Key West, FL. Reported 22 Nov 64 to the New York City Provost Marshall. Transferred to Harrisburg, PA. Discharged 10 Feb 65 to date 14 Nov 64.

McFARLIN, Alfred - Private, Co. C, 101st PA. Escaped to Federal lines 6 March 65 at Cheraw, SC. Absent from Muster out.

McWHORTER, Alexander - Private, Co. I, 101st PA. Wounded 19 April 64 at the Battle of Plymouth, NC by gun shot wound to his right arm and side, resulting in paralysis. Laid outside the 101st Regt. works until captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. After capture, he was brought inside the breastworks and put in a tent for about a week; being attended by CSA Surgeon. Taken to the hospital in Augusta, GA. Two weeks later, he was moved to the jail to make way for CSA wounded in the hospital. After one week in the jail, he was taken to Andersonville, GA. There is some confusion as to what happens to Alexander at this point. One account states that he was taken to Florence, SC. Enrolled 28 Feb 65, while a POW in Florence, in the CSA under Colonel O'Neil. Escaped 7 May 65 from the CSA at Savannah, GA. In Alexander's account, he states that after arriving at Andersonville, he was only there one week and was transferred to Millen, GA and then to "Charleston" [Probably Blackshear, GA] for a week, and then to Thomasville, GA for 2 weeks. Left Thomasville in a cattle car, enroute to Andersonville. Escaped from the car. Fed by slaves, and reached Savannah, GA in the later part of April 1865. In either case, he shows up as "escaped" in Savannah, GA somewhere between late April & 7 May 65. Taken to Annapolis, MD and then to Harrisburg, PA. Discharged 10 June 65 to date 23 May 65.

OLER, James W. - Private, Co. D, 101st PA. Escaped or Paroled 22 Feb 65 at Wilmington, NC. Absent at Camp Parole, Annapolis, MD when Co. mustered out at New Bern, NC.

PORTER, John M. - Private, Co. F, 101st PA. Escaped or Paroled 22 Feb 65 at Wilmington, NC. Given 30 day furlough on 2 April 65. Returned 4 May 65 to Camp Parole, MD. Mustered out 25 June 65.

ROHRBACKER, Charles - Private, Co. E, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence, SC. Escaped or Paroled 22 Feb 65 at Wilmington, NC. Absent at muster out. Died 29 March 1865 from Typhoid Fever.

SHEAFER, John - Corporal, Co. A, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA from 3 May until 6 Sept 64. Transferred to Charleston, SC, then to Florence, SC. Placed in charge of the hospital at Florence. Escaped from Florence 2 Oct 64 with James Gilmore, Co. A. Captured and taken to Conway, SC. Escaped. Captured again by "Louisiana Jim" near Warsaw Station, NC. Escaped and entered Federal lines at Trenton, NC on 14 Nov 64. Reported to Provost Marshall, District of NC, New Bern, NC and sent to Provost Marshall, Roanoke Island, NC prior to 16 Nov 64. Absent on furlough at muster out.

SHEAFFER, Jerome "Jerry" - Private, Co. A, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence Stockade, SC. Escaped 5 Oct 64 from Florence. Recaptured 20 Oct 64. Paroled 27 Feb 65 at N.E. Ferry, Wilmington, NC. Mustered out 25 June 65.

VAN KIRK, David - Private, Co. C, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA & Florence, SC. Arrived at Florence 2 Oct 64. Escaped 2 Feb 65 from the Florence Stockade. Arrived within the Union lines on 21 April 65. Absent on furlough when Co. C mustered out due to Chronic Diarrhea.

WHITE, John H. - Sergeant, Co. F, 103rd PA. Escaped from Macon, GA.