One hundred and fifty years ago today, Confederate prisoners being held in Elmira Prison in upstate New York started construction on a tunnel that would allow ten men to burrow their way to freedom. It was the only one of several escape attempts that would be successful.
You can find an account of the escape, written by escapee Washington D. Traweek, online. He was joined in his breakout by Berry Benson, J. W. Crawford, Hickory Jackson, C.S. “Cyclops” Malone, John Fox Maull, J. P. Putegnat, J. P. Scruggs, Glenn Shelton, William Templin, and a fellow identified only as “Shelton.”