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Capture and escape : a narrative of army and prison life

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John Azor Kellogg (1828-1883) had just been elected District Attorney of Juneau County when the war broke out. He enlisted in Co. I of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, and rose to be colonel of this important Iron Brigade regiment. This memoir was written in 1882, and focuses almost exclusively on his capture on May 5, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness, and subsequent adventures. Imprisoned at Lynchburg, Virginia, he describes how he escaped by jumping from a moving train en route to Charleston, South Carolina. Recaptured and again imprisoned in Charleston, Kellogg escaped a second time on October 5, 1864. He made his way on foot to Savannah, Georgia, where slaves passed him through the Underground Railroad. He returned to the Union lines at Calhoun, Georgia, on October 26, 1864.
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