Daily Ohio Statesman 16 February 1864 Page 1
Reported Escape of Prisoners from Libby Prison. Washington, Feb. 14 A gentleman who to-night arrived from the Array of the Po tomao saw Deiore he lelt there a Kichmond paper of Thursday, found on the person of a deserter who came into our lines, in which appears an article stating that one hundred olllcers have escaped from Libby prison by digging a tunnel under the street for that purpose. It is supposed the prisoners had been engnged upon the work for at least a month, rney were missea at roil can ana forthwith troops were dispatched in various directions to capture them. Four were overtaken on the Williamsburg and Ilano- ver Court House road. The others, it is supposed, were secreted in the, neighborhood neighborhood of Richmond, i Guards were arrested on the belief that they were in complicity with the prisoners, but were afterwards released. The subter ranean mode of escape having become known, the paper says that NealDow was not among tne runaways, Due was prooably waiting tb accompany the next batch. The deserter above referred to says a large number of his regiment (the 14th Louis iana), are Daretoot, ana that the uauv ration consists of a quarter of a pound of meat ana one pint 01 meal., . There n'as been no active military movement movement iu our army for a week past.