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^duty over the pilot, and from the advantageous
position of the pilot house 1 surveyed
the operations below. The capture took
place about ten o'clock in the morning and it
was not long before we were headed for land.
We were not given much trouble by the Federals
after we got possession of the boat; for
we had the advantage of them and were determined,
as they knew, to make our escape. A
fusilade of rough jokes and bantering was
kept up pretty much all day, and several attempts
were made by the pilot to run the
boat back into Fortress Monroe; but we were
sufficiently acquainted with the lay of the
land to prevent anything of the kind being
done.
c" Finally, about sundown, we reached the
shore and secured a safe landing off Cape
Henry, Princess Ann county, Virginia. We
paroled the Federal guards and crew and
leaving eight or ten of our sick, and, wounded
on board the boat, the remainder of us set
out for Richmond. We were then, although
we did not know it, in Union lines; but we
soon began to encounter obstacles, and these
multiplied as we proceeded until it became
expedient for us to seek safety in the swamps
of North Carolina. We were concealed in
these swamps some ten or twelve days, being
fed and protected by the families of Confederate
soldiers who were then at the front,
and kept informed by them of the movements
of the enemy. During this time we fell in
with an old guerrilla captain named W. B.
Sandlin, who was operating in that locality
and to whom we were indebted for a great
deal of assistance. He had a company made
up mostly of boys, who however, did effective
duty in dogging the enemy from point
to point and occasionally rou ding up a
straggling squad of Federals. In time Captain
Sandlin and his boys secured some small

boats, in which he transported us to Albemarle
Sound, and, piloting us through the
enemy's lines, landed us at a point from
which after a few hours' rapid march we
were beyond the reach of the Federals and
safely on our way to Richmond. Before we
reached the latter place, however, we were
met by a detachment of General D. H. Hill's
cavalry, which had been sent out by President
Davis to assist us to escape, news of the
capture of the Maple Leaf having been published
in the Northern papers, through
which channel it had reached the authorities
at Richmond. We received a royal welcome
at the seat of the Confederate government,
and, what we needed and appreciated fully
as much, rest and food. For my part I remained
there only a few days, when I started
west to rejoin my command. I reached
Joseph E. Johnston's army, then in Mississippi,
which I entered about July 10, 1863,
and remained with it for three months. At
the end of that time I heard of my command,
not yet reorganized however, west of the
Mississippi river. I immediately secured a
a transfer and made my way to it, entering a
brigade at Washington, Arkansas, made up
of paroled troops from Vicksburg and Port
Hudson. I served in this command under
General Thomas P. Dockery until the close
of hostilities, receiving my discharge at Marshall,
Texas, in May, 1865."
From 1865 to 1869 Captain Wolf resided
in Arkansas engaged in farming. He came
to Texas in April, 1869, and, settling in Milam
county, farmed for three' years, after
which he engaged in the mercantile business
in Davilla and Rockdale. He was elected
Sheriff of Milam county in 1878 and held
the office for two years. The offices of
Sheriff and Collector were then in one, the
duties being performed by the Sheriff. They

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed September 16, 2014.