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Elmira Prison Camp OnLine Library
Gallery 11


A day sentry on guard after Benson's escape. Talking over the possibilities of escape or exchange was one of tjhe diversions of the prisoners, both North and South. Sgt. Barry Benson, who escaped with nine other Confederates from Elmira Prison, writes in regard to this photograph: "The sentry on the ground outside the stockade, near the sentrybox, makes me think that this was taken after October 7, 1864, when we ten escaped by the tunnel, for we felt sure that there were no day sentries outside the fence."

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