McClellan an Prisoner
[General George B. McClellan] reminds me of the story of a man out in Illinois who, in company with a number of friends, visited the State penitentiary. They wandered all through the institution and saw everything, but just about the time to depart this particular man became separated from his friends and couldn’t find his way out.
He roamed up and down one corridor after another, becoming more desperate all the time, when, at last, he came across a convict who was looking out from between the bars of his cell door. Here was salvation at last. Hurrying up to the prisoner he hastily asked: “Say! how do you get out of this place?”
Alexander McClure, Abe Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories, p. 344.
Emanuel Hertz, Anecdotes By & About Abraham Lincoln, p. 122.