On July 26th Foote records that he has heard he is to be leaving Oglethorpe soon. The next night Foote says that 300-400 officers were leaving the pen. They did so at 6 p.m. It was rainy.
Foote’s July 28th diary entry reads: “Rainy day. Left Macon at 4 a.m. traveled all day on the S.R.R. Changed cars within three miles of Savannah. Took the C&SRR. Rode all night. A plot that was formed to siege the train was frustrated but about 100 officers escaped through the bottom of its cars.” Every POW dreamed of escaping from their captors. One of the best times to attempt an escape was when a large body of men was moved from one location to another like the 300-400 officers from Oglethorpe. It is commonly believed that only 1,200 successful prison escapes were made by Union soldiers between July 1862 and April 1865. Yet Foote’s documentation of 100 Officers successfully escaping on July 28th – on the way to Charleston – surely calls into question the accuracy of the 1,200 number overall.