Government of the United States. An order was issued from the Department of State dated November 2, 1861, directing Colonel Dimick, commanding at Fort Warren, to release Shields on his taking the oath of allegiance stipulating that he will neither enter nor corrrespond with the insurrectionary States. He was accordingly released November 6, 1861.
James M. R. Nolan, * an unnaturalized Irishman residing at saint Louis, was arrested in that city by order of the State Department on the 18th day of October, 1861. his offense was treasonable correspondence. After his arest Nolan refused to give any explanation of [his] conduct or to give any assurance that he would not take up arms against the Government or that he would remain neutral during the rebellion. The British consul satisfied of his complicity with the rebellion refused to interpose officially in his behalf, but interceded for his release on the grounds of his youth and in the hope that he [would] refrain from any further criminal acts. General Curtis also advised his release on the same grounds. On the 4th of december, 1861, the provost - marshal of Saint Louis in a written comminication addressed to him tendered Nolan refused coupled with an admonition as to his future behavior. Nolan refused to be set at liberty saying that he would not accept his discharge as a favor but demanded it as a right. On the 11th of December, 1861, the State Department instructed the provost - marshal of Saint Louis to retain the said Nolan in custody until further orders. The said naolan remained in custody in the military prison at Saint Louis February 15, 1861, when in conformity with the order of the War Department of the preceding day he was transferred to the charge of that Department. The name of said Nolan is sometimes written Joseph N. P. Nolan. In the prison list it is James M. P. Nolan.
George W. Gunnell was arrested by General Smith October 19, 1861, and committed to the Thirteenth Street Prison; transferred afterward to the Old Capitol. There are no charges on file in the Department of State showing why this man was arrested. He remained in custody in the Old Capiton Prison February 15, 1862, when in conformity with an order of the War Department of the preceing day he was transferred to the charge of that Department. Ordered released February 21, 1862. (Released on parole February 22,
This person [A. B. Williams] was arrested by order of General Smith and committed to Thirteenth Street Prison October 19, 1861; from thence transferred to Old Capitol Prison by order of General Porter. There are no papers on file in the department of State showing upon what charges he was arrested. The said A. B. Williams remained in custody at old Capitol Prison February 15, 1862, when in conformity with the order of the War Department of the preceding day he was transferred to the charge of that Department. Ordered released February 21, 1862. (Released on parole February 22, 1862.)
Hugh Adams was arrested by order of General Smith and committed to the Thirteenth Street Prison, Washington, D. C., October 19, 1861, and from thence transferred to the Old Capitol Prison. There are no papers on file at the department of State showing on what charge he
* See pp. 171, 176 for correspondence relating to Nola.