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Sixty Confederate officers make a daring escape from steamer carrying them to captivity

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
06/10/1863
The steamer Maple Leaf was chartered to transport 97 Confederate prisoners of war, mostly officers, from Fort Monroe to imprisonment at Fort Delawarenear Wilmington.  Just two hours into the voyage, the prisoners overpowered their guard and ran the vessel ashore near Cape Henry. Sixty of them made for the Virginia shore and freedom in the Maple Leaf's boats.  The charter then was refloated and turned back to Fort Monroe with the remaining prisoners and arrived the next day.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"New From Fortress Monroe; The Seizure of the Steamer Maple Leaf by Rebel Officers," New York Times, June 14, 1863, p. 1.
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 6. 

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