Sunday, November 4, 2018

Diary of 1st Sergeant John L. Ransom: December 11, 1864

We flanked out this morning, or rather paid three fellows two dollars apiece for their turn to go Are now thirty miles from Blackshear; have been unloaded from the cars and are encamped by the side of the railroad track for the night. Most dark. Rebel soldiers going by on the trains, with hoots and yells. We are strongly guarded, and it augurs not for us to get away to night. Our best hold is jumping from the cars. Ride on open platform cars with guards standing and sitting on the sides, six guards to each car. About sixty prisoners ride on each car, and there are thirty or forty cars. Were given rations yesterday, but none today. It is said we get nothing to eat to night, which is bad; more so for the other prisoners than ourselves. Low country we come through, and swampy. Bucks think we may get away before morning, but I doubt it. Rebs flying around lively, and Yanks going for them I guess.

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 135

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