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Three other shootings were mentioned in accounts of the prison,
but only one has been definitely established. The victim, Private
William H. Leslie, Company E, 36th Iowa, died on December 11,
1864, after being shot by a sentry presumably because he thought
Leslie was trying to escape.60
The last group of Federal prisoners departed from Camp Ford
on the morning of May 17, 1865, bound for Shreveport.61 Evi-
dently Camp Ford prison then stood empty for two months. In
July it appears to have been largely destroyed by the 1 oth Illinois
Cavalry and perhaps other elements of Major General Wesley
Merritt's column en route from Shreveport to San Antonio.2
Today the site of Camp Ford is marked only by a simple sign.
All other indications of the prison are gone. Nor does the neigh-
borhood bear the stigma suggested by a war correspondent in
1865: "Tyler--a place whose name will always glare with infamy
from the records of the late Rebellion, and add double condemna-
tion to the name of Rebel."6
soTestimony of George S. Goodwin, St. Louis, Missouri, November 7, 1868, in
House Committee Report No. 45, 4oth Cong., 3d Sess. (Serial No. 1391), 1058;
Iowa, Adjutant General's Office, Report of Brigadier General Nathaniel B. Baker
to the Hon. William M. Stone, Governor of the State of Iowa, in Accordance with
Chap. 82 (Laws of the Eleventh General Assembly) Approved March 3oth, 1866
(2 vols.; Des Moines, 1867), II, 39o. Bringhurst and Swigart, Forty-sixth Indiana,
128, mention a soldier of the 173d New York and "an Indian, belonging to the
Fourteenth Kansas," as having been murdered at Ford.
61Bering and Montgomery, Forty-eighth Ohio, 268-269. These prisoners were
restored to Federal hands on May 27 near the mouth of Red River.
62Ibid., 272; New York Daily Tribune, August 18, 1865, p. 7; Official Records,
Series I, Vol. XLVIII, Pt. 2, 866, lo25, 1o68; Austin Intelligencer, n.d., reprinted in
Dallas Herald, August 5, 1865, P. 2.
68Letter from "Our Special Correspondent" (J. L. M.) dated Tyler, Texas, July
28, 1865, New York Daily Tribune, August 18, 1865, p. 7-
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