War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 0335 SUSPECTED AND DISLOYAL PERSONS.

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Gwynn remained in custody at the Old Capitol Prison February 15, 1862, when in cinformity with an order of the war Department of the preceding day he was transferred to the charge of that Department.

This man [J. Barrett Cohen] was arrested by order of the military authorities and committed to the Old Capitol Prison January 8, 1862, by order of General George B. McClellan. He was charged with being a spy in the service of the rebels. Said Sohen remained in custody at the Old Capitol February 15, 1862, when he was transferred to the charge of the War Department.

Francis McKee, or M. Francis McKee, was arrested by order of General Hooker and committed to Old Capitol Prison January 8, 1862. He was charged with being a spy in the rebel service. The evidence if any in this case is in hands of the provost - marshal of Washington. Said McKee remained in custody at the Old Capitol 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.

Thomas P. Fowler was arrested January 10, 1862, by General Heintzelman and committed to the Old Capitol Prison. There are no papers on file in the Department of State showing on what charge he was imprisoned. He remained in the 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.)

This person [Rev. Bennett Smedes] was arrested by the Potomac Flotilla in an attempt to cross the Potomac River to Virginia in a small boat January 11, 1862, and committed to Old Capitol Prison by order of General Porter January 13, 1862. It appears from the report in the case made by E. J. Allen, * a Government agent, that said Smedes had made application to the Secretary of State for a passport to go to Raleigh, N. C., to see his parents, which being denied him he attempted to go without a passport hoping to elnde the blockade flotilla, but was discovered and captured. An order was issued from the Department of State dated February 5, 1862, directing General Porter to release Smedes on his taking the oath of allegiance stipulating that he will neither enter the states in insurrection nor hold correspondence with persons residing therein nor do any act hostile to the United States. He accordingly released February 7, 1862.

The following - named persons were arrested by the military authorities in the west some time previous to January 13, 1862, and committer to prison at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. The only information relative to them on file in the Department of State is contained in a letter from [Lieutenant Colonel] W. Hoffman, commissary - general of prisoners, the first dated New York, January 13, 1862, and addressed to Adjutant - General Thomas asking information relative to the release of certain prsioners [names not given] confined at Camp Chase. The secretary of State answered the above letter January 28 and asked said Hoffman to furnish a list of the names of above mentioned prisoners and a report of the facts of their arrest and the evidence against them, to which Colonel

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* See p. 195 for Allen' report on Smedes' case.

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