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Description: JOHN HUNT MORGAN ESCAPES AND HIS FELLOW PRISONERS ARE THROWN INTO SOLITARY
Confederate P.O.W. letter, 1p. 4to., "Ohio Penitentiary", Columbus, Jan. 14, 1863 in which prisoner C. G. Campbell writes his siblings. In part: "...I left the general prison hospital on the 7th Decr. and returned to my Cell, where we were kept in Solitary Confinement for several days after Genl. Morgan's escape. I had improved somewhat up to that time , but the confinement in the Cell, together with the absence of almost everything that contributes to one's comfort, brought on a severe attack or rheumatism & a cough...my arms and hands are still helpless...". Toned, splits repaired with cello tape on verso, still good. Morgan and his men had burrowed out of the newly-constructed prison by cutting a hole in the cell of one of the inmates. Below the cell was a crawl space for ventilation: they tunneled to the outside and journeyed safely to Confederate territory.

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