The Voyage of the Bat
For the second time I was made a prisoner of war and under the following circumstances, which I have mentioned but once before.
Before I became engaged in the Blockade Running service, I was acting as mate on the Confederate steamer Flora MacDonald, a transport on the Cape Fear River, and when the Confederate privateer Retribution sent into Wilmington a prize schooner, which she has captured at sea, in charge of one , of the Retribution's officers named Jordan, who had shipped with Capt. Joseph Price in Wilmington, I assisted in towing that vessel form the bar to Wlmington, and of course saw much of Jordan.
When I was captured by the Montgomery, I was taken to the Portsmouth Navy Yard, where we were boarded by a Federal officer in a cpatain's uniform, who proved to be non other than my quondam Confederate friend Jordan, who had gone over to the enemy, and who immediately recognized me and informed against me.
I was then put in irons and sent onboard the U.S. Man-of-war Sabine, where I was most kindly treated by its commander, Captain Loring, and while a prisoner on his ship I was repeatedly approached by the Federal officers, who offered to pay any sum I would name if I would join their fleet off Fort Fisher and take part as a pilot in their attack against my home. I told thm that the United States Government did not have enough money to induce me to accept such a proposition, and I accordingly remained a prisoner at Point Lookout until the war was over
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