John B. White (Propeller), 1 May 1862
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A BUFFALO TUG ESCAPES FROM ITS CAPTORS
--HAPPY DELIVERANCE OF BUFFALONIANS--
The telegraph yesterday narrated the escape of the tug J.B. WHITE, with its crew and two citizens, from the keeping of the rebels at Norfolk, to Newport News, where it was enabled to surrender to Gen. Mansfield, to the great joy of those on board. It may not be know to all our readers, that the tug WHITE is a Buffalo craft, manned by Buffalo men, who have been held for the last year in durance vile by the rebels. It is owned by Messrs. T.D. Barton & Courtright, contractors of this city, and by them was sent two years ago to the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal, an enterprise, as is well known, in which Buffalo capitalists
are largely interested, and which of course has been in a state of suspended animation since the war began.
Last April at the breaking out of hostilities the tug was seized, and its crew impressed into Confederate service. It has latterly been used at Norfolk, and according to the telegraph the men have twice before, but ineffectually, attempted to escape. We have no doubt of the truth of the dispatch that they are now "most happy individuals."
The master of the WHITE was James Byers, who is well known and has many war friends among the business men along the Creek. The engineer was Patrick Pine, an Irishman, whose young wife and child live in this city. The poor woman has suffered intensely in anxiety for her husband's safety, and she will doubtless be overjoyed at the news. There is little reason to doubt that the same crew which left here are still on board the tug. The fireman, whose name we do not know gave up his place before the war began and made his way home.
Buffalo Daily Courier
Saturday, May 10, 1862
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