18 November 2013

Planned Expedition Against Johnson's Island

Johnson's Island Prison

"In July, 1863. S.R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy of the so called Confederate States of America, sent twenty-seven commissioned officers and forty petty officers to Canada, to organize an expedition against Johnson's Island in Sandusky Bay, in the State of Ohio, for the purpose of releasing several thousands of Confederate prisoners of war, there held by the United States Government."[Source]

"The...Government of Canada...had sometime previously to the 20th of November, 1863, detected and prevented a conspiracy to commit a raid on Johnson's Island by the use of barges to be loaded with these insurgents, and to be towed by steamers through the Lachine Canal into Lake Erie, and thence into Sandusky Bay." [Source]

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