Hi Joe, My research on Fort Delaware was confined to those former Confederates and a few Union deserters who had duty in the 3rd Maryland Cavalry for the most part in companies D,E,F, and G., and that took a couple of years to research. The Fort Delaware Society now has the research available for those wanting to more about the soldiers. One assuming story I might share was a former Confederate now dressed in a Federal uniform riding on his horse around Baltimore, Maryland ordering civilians to give three cheers for Jefferson Davis. One young lad did not follow the order and threw a rock and hit the Union soldier. The Union soldier was arrested and at the court hearing the Union soldier took his knife out and stabbed the lad nearing killing him. The story was picked up by a Baltimore newspaper. He was sentenced to jail and upon his release he promptly deserted. I never could find out what happened to him afterward.
I can tell you that there were 65 noted escapes from Camp Chase but then again that is my main area of interest, Camp Chase. If Hugh Simmons does not know more about his escape then I would not know who might? Pea Patch Island located in the middle of the Delaware River would be a rather hard place to escape from; I would think. Most of the escapes I believe were made on the journey to Fort Delaware. But again, Hugh Simmons would be you're best authority on this subject.