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THE CONFEDERATE SERGEANT BERRY BENSON, WHO TUNNELED OUT OF ELMIRA PRISON

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  1. Robert Gray

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    Sergeant Berry Benson, of Company H, First South Carolina Infantry, was a prisoner at Elmira
    from July 25 to October 7, 1864. At four o'clock in the morning on the latter date, he and nine
    companions entered a tunnel sixty-six feet long which they had been digging for about two
    mouths. The earth extracted had been carried away in their haversacks and disposed of. On
    reaching the outside of the stockade the prisoners scattered in parties of two and three, Sergeant
    Benson going alone, since the companion he had intended to take with him failed to escape.
    None of them were recaptured. Sergeant Benson, half a century later, still preserved the
    passes given him from Newmarket, Virginia, where he first reached Early's army, to Richmond.
    He wrote in 1911 that the men who thus effected their escape were Washington B. Trawiek,
    of the Jeff. Davis Artillery, Alabama, then living at Cold Springs, Texas; John Fox Maull, of
    the Jeff. Davis Artillery, deceased; J. P. Putegnat, deceased; G. G. Jackson of Wetumpka, Alabama;
    William Templin, of Paunsdale, Alabama; J.P.Scruggs, of Limestone Springs, South Carolina;
    Cecrops Malone, of Company F. Ninth Alabama Infantry, then living at Waldron, Ark.; Crawford
    of the Sixth Virginia Cavalry, and Glenn. Most of them were present at Appomattox.

    THE PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN TEN VOLUMES
    Frances T. Miller - Editor in Chief - The Review of Reviews Co.
    1911

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    Mentioned at the end of the PBS Civil War Series, during a reading by Shelby Foote
     
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    His Memoirs of a Confederate Scout and Sharpshooter is a great read.
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    He served in Dunlop's Sharpshooter Battalion in McGowan's Brigade during the later half of the war.
     
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    That is one awesome photograph!
     
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