From the Richmond Sentinel, 4/18/1864
THE RESCUER OF CAPT. PORTER. – The Virginia lady who
assisted Capt. Porter to escape from Richmond, and who was in consequence thrust
out of house and home by the rebels, is now at the New England rooms, No. 194
Broadway, in great distress. Her husband has enlisted in the Union army, and
Capt. Porter has given the following certificate of the identity of the lady in
No. 247 BROADWAY, N. Y., April 5, 1864.
I certify on honor that the bearer of this is Mrs. John H.
Quarles, the wife of John H. Quarles, who enlisted in my company about the
middle of March last. *
The husband owned a little property in Richmond, Va., and
on my escape from the Libby Prison, in January, 1864, he secreted me nine days
in his house, and when I escaped to within our lines he accompanied me, and
enlisted upon his arrival here under the assumed name of ______, in order that,
in case of capture, he might not be recognized. The rebel authorities
confiscated his property and turned his wife and children out of doors. She
escaped as soon as possible and came here. Her eldest child is but about four
years of age, and the youngest four months. She is entitled to all that can
possibly be done for her. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN F. PORTER, JR.
Capt. Fourteenth regiment N. Y. cavalry.
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