A Precious Villain

A PRECIOUS VILLAIN. – The deserter Wilson, alias Summerfield, who had accumulated a considerable sum of money by enlisting in various companies as a substitute, and deserting from each in rotation, has again escaped from the C. S. Prison, on the corner of 6th and Cary streets.  The fellow had been arrested several times before, but on each occasion effected his exit from confinement after methods which prove him to be versed in all the expedients of the accomplished villain.  His last escape was on Saturday night.  He had been placed in a room in the fourth story of the building, and, in order to secure his retention, the commandant of the post, Lieut. Booker, had employed a blacksmith, who first enclosed his wrists and ankles in strong shackles, and riveted them on, and assured the Lieutenant and himself too, that nothing under Heaven in the shape of manual force could get them off.  The deserter bore the operation with the greatest good humor, and spoke in a quiet vein of amusing malice about the various escapes he had made, what he could do, and what defy.  On Monday morning he was missing, his shackles were found broken on the floor and his window open.  Wilson is a man of powerful muscle, and intelligent and strongly marked features.  He has already been branded for desertion, and should he again be arrested will doubtless be branded again, as that seems to be now the most popular way of punishing deserters.

— Richmond Enquirer, 25 June 1862, p. 2, c. 5.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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