“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Boston in Plymouth County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)


Escape! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
1. Escape! Marker
Inscription.  Despite the prison's island location, a few Civil War prisoners tried to escape-in the end, always unsuccessfully. Among them was Pvt. Charles Sawyer, a Union deserter who widened this narrow musketry "loophole" (opening to the right), supposedly by piling hot coals on the granite edges until they cracked. Sawyer managed to squeeze himself out through the opening on October 1863. Avoiding sentries, he swam into the channel, where he was caught when a passing schooner picked him up. Afterwards the opening was blocked with cement and an iron bar, both visible today.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil.
Location. 42° 19.266′ N, 70° 55.753′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County. Marker is located on the West side of Fort Warren on Georges Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hull MA 02045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defense System (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Warren (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate POWs (about 500
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feet away); Coastal Mines (about 500 feet away); Powder Magazine (about 600 feet away); Parade Ground (about 600 feet away); Bakery (about 600 feet away); Political Prisoners (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 7, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 21, 2020