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John McElroy and other prisoners were being moved from the Stockade due to what was believed to be an immediate threat from Sherman. McElroy gives this account of what is possibly the troops getting ready to meet the Federal Advance into Florence:

[i]"About the middle of the afternoon our train suddenly stopped. Looking out to ascertain the cause we were electrified to see a Rebel line of battle stretched across the track about a half mile ahead of the engine and with its rear toward us. It was as real a line as was ever seen on any field. The double ranks of Butternuts with arms gleaming in the afternoon sun stretched away out through the open pine woods farther than we could see. Close behind the motionless line stood the company officers leaning on their drawn swords. Behind these still were the regimental officers on their horses. On a slight rise of the ground a group of horsemen to whom other horsemen momentarily dashed up to or sped away from showed the station of the General in command. On another knoll at a little distance were several field pieces standing in battery the cannoneers at the guns the postillions dismounted and holding their horses by the bits the caisson men standing in readiness to serve out ammunition.

.......But no such accident happened and towards midnight we reached the bridge across the Great Pedee River where our train was stopped by a squad of Rebel cavalrymen who brought the intelligence that as Kilpatrick was expected into Florence every hour it would not do to take us there. We were ordered off the cars and laid down on the banks of the Great Pedee. Our guards and the cavalry forming a line around us and taking precautions to defend the bridge against Kilpatrick should he find out our whereabouts and come after us."

Andersonville, A Story of Rebel Prisons or 15 months as a gues of the So-Called Southern Confederacy John McElroy 1913

Bruce Blackmon

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