Plymouth Pilgrim Officers who Escaped
In no particular order: 1st Lieut Isaiah Conley - 101st PA, Capt Thomas B. Dawson - 101st PA, 1st Lieut William C. Davidson - 101st PA, Capt A. Lester Cady - 24th NY Battery, and 1st Lieut DeForest Marsters of the 1st/2nd NC Union Volunteers (formerly of the 85th NY).
Note: Conley is believed to be second from the left.
This is a new listing and will take some time to research.
BEEGLE, Daniel Frederick - 1st Lieutenant, Co. D, 101st PA. Prisoner at Libby Prison, Richmond, VA on 26 April 64. Transferred 7 May 64 to Macon, GA, then to Camp Asylum, Columbia, SC. Escaped from prison, but was recaptured. Paroled 1 March 65 at N. E. Ferry, Wilmington, NC.
BENNER, Henry Snyder - Captain, Co. K, 101st PA. On transfer from Andersonville to Camp Oglethorpe in Macon, GA, Benner and several others escaped, but some, including Benner, were recaptured. Held captive at Macon from 1 May to 27 July 64. Transferred to Savannah, GA from 27 July to 17 Sept 64. Transferred to Charleston, SC from 17 Sept to 1 Oct 64. Transferred next to Columbia, SC from 1 Oct 64 to 14 Feb 65. Finally transferred to Charlotte, NC where Benner escaped. Recaptured and taken to Salisbury, NC. Paroled at Salisbury and passed through the Union lines at West River, NC on 1 March 65. Mustered out 25 June 65.
BOWERS, George Washington, Jr. - Captain, Co. I, 101st PA. Prisoner at Macon & Savannah, GA; Charleston City Jail yard, the Old Marine Hospital at Charleston, & Camp Sorghum, Columbia, SC. Escaped 3 Nov 64 from Columbia. Reached Union lines on 15 Dec 64 at Knoxville, TN. Mustered out 2 Jan 65. Discharged 9 Jan 65 at Washington, DC due to expiration of term.
BROWN, George L. - 1st Lieutenant, Co. I, 101st PA. Wounded in the left breast & arm by minnie ball and captured 20 April 64 at Fort Compher, Plymouth, NC. Sent to field hospital of the 8th NC. The following day was sent to the hospital at Plymouth. Due to wounds, was kept at Plymouth until able to travel. Sent 6 May 64 to Weldon, NC. On 17 May he was sent to the hospital at Macon, GA. Then held captive at Charleston City Jail yard and the Old Marine Hospital at Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; Charlotte, Raleigh and Goldsboro, NC. Escaped 4 times & recaptured twice by bloodhounds. One of his escapes was on 3 Nov 64 from Camp Sorghum at Columbia, SC. He was out 17 days before being recaptured in east TN. Paroled for exchange 1 March 65. Mustered out 15 Mar 65 at Washington, DC.
CLARK, Melvin Lewis - Captain, Co. B, 101st PA. Prisoner at Macon, GA for three months, Savannah, GA for three weeks and Columbia, SC for four or five months. Escaped from Columbia in Nov 64 but was recaptured near Belton, Anderson Co., SC. Returned to Columbia then transferred to Charlotte, Raleigh and Goldsboro, NC before being paroled.
CONLEY, Isaiah - 1st Lieutenant, Co. G, 101st PA. Escaped 5 Oct 64 at Columbia, SC. Reached Union lines on 13 Nov 64 and reported to Gen. Carter at Knoxville, TN. Returned to the 101st PA. Commissioned 18 May 65 as Captain of Co. G.
DAVIDSON, William C. - 1st Lieutenant, Co. C, 101st PA. Escaped 5 Oct 64 from the RR cars near Columbia, SC. Reported 13 Nov 64 to Brig. Gen. Carter at Knoxville, TN. Discharged 8 Dec 64; expiration of term.
DAWSON, Thomas B. - Captain, Co. F, 101st PA. Escaped 5 Oct 64 from RR cars near Columbia, SC. Reported 13 Nov 64 at Knoxville, TN. Transferred 15 Nov 64 back to the 101st PA. Discharged 7 Jan 65.
FREEMAN, David W. D. - Captain, Co. C, 101st PA. Prisoner 11 months. Escaped 29 Nov 64 from Camp Asylum, Columbia, SC with Major Pasco, 16th CT Infantry & Capt. Freeman, 7th US Infantry. Traveled through swamps by night and slept during the day in wet clothes with no fire or shelter during cold weather. Captured on the west bank of a branch of the Edisto River near Midway, SC. Paroled 1 March 65 at N.E. Ferry, Wilmington, NC. Discharged 14 March 65.
HELM, John Bowser - 2nd Lieutenant, Co. G, 101st PA. Prisoner at Andersonville (1 day) & Macon, GA; Charleston and Columbia, SC. Escaped from Columbia during Nov 64. Captured by Cherokee Indians in the Smoky Mountains. Taken to Salisbury, NC and then to Danville, VA. Housed during the winter of 64-65 at Danville Prison with a large squad of prisoners that had escaped from various prisons. Escaped again 5 Feb 65, with two others, and reached Union lines on the Roanoke River, above Plymouth, NC. Picked up during March 65 by the USN Gunboat LOCKWOOD. Commissioned 18 May 65 as 1st Lieut. but not mustered. Absent at muster out.
HEPPARD, Thomas H. - 1st Lieutenant, Co. K, 101st PA. Escaped from prison, but was recaptured. Paroled 1 March 65 at N.E. Ferry, Wilmington, NC. Commissioned as Captain on 1 June 65. Mustered out 25 June 65 at New Bern, NC.
LAUGHLIN, John Marshal - 1st Lieutenant, Co. A, 103rd PA. Escaped 1 Nov 64 from Camp Asylum, Columbia, SC. On 5 Nov 64 while on the Congaree River, his raft broke and he was re-captured. He had no insignia, so he was sent to Florence, SC under the assumption he was an Enlisted man. Paroled 1 March 65. Photo & Headstone
LONGENECKER, Jacob H. - Adjutant, Co. D, 101st PA. Prisoner at Macon & Savannah, GA and Charleston & Columbia, SC, Charlotte and Salisbury, NC. Escaped from prison in Charlotte, but was recaptured. Paroled 2 March 65 at N.E. Ferry, Wilmington, NC. Discharged 14 March 65.