From the Richmond Examiner, 2/12/1864

Re-Capture of Twenty-Two of the Escaped Yankee Officers – During Wednesday night and yesterday, up to six o’clock, twenty-two of the Yankee officers who effected their escape from the Libby prison on Tuesday night, were overhauled at various points in the direction of the enemy’s lines below, and returned to their quarters in Richmond. The following are the names of those retaken up to last night: Colonel J. P. Spofford, Ninety-seventh New York; Captain J. Yates, Third Ohio; Captain G. Stair, One Hundred and Fourth New York; Captain F. Irah, Forty-fifth New York; Lieutenant H. H. Hinks, Fifty-seventh Pennsylvania; Lieutenant W. N. Daily, Eighth Pennsylvania cavalry; Lieutenant A. B. White, Fourth Pennsylvania cavalry; Lieutenant E. Schroeder, Seventy-fourth Pennsylvania; Lieutenant W. L. Watson, Twenty-first Wisconsin; Lieutenant F. Moran, Seventy-third New York; Lieutenant C. H. Morgan; Lieutenant H. Schwester, Eighty-second Illinois; Lieutenant W. B. Pierce, Eleventh Kentucky cavalry. Lieutenant A. Moore, Fourth Kentucky; P. S. Edmond, Sixty-seventh Pennsylvania; Second Lieutenant P. H. White, Eighty-third Pennsylvania; Second Lieutenant J. M. Wasson, Fortieth Ohio; Second Lieutenant S. P. Gamble, Sixty-third Pennsylvania; Second Lieutenant G. S. Gord, Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania; Second Lieutenant J. P. Brown, Fifteenth United States cavalry; Adjutant M. R. Small, Sixth Maryland; Isaac Johnson, Engineer steamer Satalite.

Eight of the number were taken by Messrs. Ligon, Richard Turner and Hatcher, who were sent out from the prison on fleet horses on Wednesday.

Adjutant Small, one of the returned prisoners, states that the exodus through the tunnel commenced about dark on Tuesday evening. The officers entered according to their rank, Colonel Straight leading off. They went one after another, stripping off their boots and shoes before descending into the basement, and moving very cautiously. This continued until near three o’clock in the morning, when there was an alarm that the guard was coming. This caused the crowd of prisoners congregated in the rear portion of the building to precipitate themselves to the front, and the tumult was noticed by one of the sentinels below, who shouted out that there was "too much noise in the prison." So far, the officers of rank who escaped have taken good care of themselves, but one colonel out of eleven colonels and seven majors, having been recaptured. The search for them in every direction will not be suffered to lag, however, and fresh horses and couriers were sent out yesterday.

 

 

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