Escape! (HM149M)

Location: Hull, MA 02045 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.266', W 70° 55.753'

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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.
HM NumberHM149M
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 6:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 341029 N 4687230
Decimal Degrees42.32110000, -70.92921667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.266', W 70° 55.753'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 15.96" N, 70° 55' 45.18" W
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Area Code(s)781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3 Unnamed Road, Hull MA 02045, US
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