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Following the stalemate called the MINE RUN CAMPAIGN of late November, 1863, the warring armies of the Confederacy and the United States have encamped for the Winter in Culpeper and Orange counties, Va., respectively, and Pvts Drew and Denbo been assigned to roving duty. Drew wrote: “[ Pvt. Henry C.] Denbow [ a Pleasant Point Passamoquody Indian ] and Drew were on detail for extry duty and was on the move around the enemies camps and army most-all the time. “We were given the Spencer seven-shots carbine it was the first gun using the metallic cartridge I had ever seen, we tried them out – a .50 calibre, lever-action it would do in close quarters – not to be depended on over 150 yards the powder charge could not be increased. We preferred the old Springfield for all purposes. THEN I WAS CAPTURED:
“I think it was on the 18th of Dec. while on a reconnoriter [sic] with Comp’s. C. and K. down toards the Alexander and Richmond RR. I was captured by a band of Johnny’s holding a observation post into which I ran during a thick snow squall.
“They had [seen] our forces, and counted it two large for them to attack – and was on the move to avoid us in the squall when we meet. When they saw the red and green cross on my cap they shure did treat me fine- gave me a horse to ride, four of them guarded – two of them went to Richmond with me on a flat-car where we arrived in good shape ….”
FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, when Pvt. Drew is declared a PRISONER OF WAR in Richmond !!