War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 0486 PRISONERS OF WAR, ETC.

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HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, August 17, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel MARTIN BURKE,

Commanding Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor.

COLONEL: On intimation from a hagher authority the General-in-Chief desires that * * * you keep under guard at Fort Lafayette Charles Kopperl, charged with having been engated among the insurgents at the fightt near Bull Run.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE,

New York, August 18, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel M. BURKE, Commanding at Fort Hamilton.

SIR: I am directed by the Secretary of State to deliver into your custody Major Charles Kopperl, of Carroll County, Miss., for detention at Fort Lafayette. I have him in charge and am ready to deliver him accordingly.

Very respectfully, your,

JOHN A . KENNEDY,

Superintendent.

OFFICE OF THE SUPT. OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE,

New York, October 18, 1861.

Honorable W. H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

SIR: Having been informed that efforts are being renewed to obtain the release of Charles Kopperl, of Carroll County, Miss., who is now detained at Fort Lafayette I take occasion to inclose to you the afficavit of Mr. Jeremiah M. Wardwell, who put up at the house of Major Kopperl in April last and was an eye-witness to what was then ging on under his supervision.

Very truly, yours,

JOHN A. KENNEDY,

Superintendent.

[Inclosure.]

METROPOLITAN POLICE DISTRICT, City of New York, ss:

I, Jeremiah M. Wardwell, being duly sworn, do depose and say as follows: I was at Vaiden, Carroll County, Miss., in April last, where I saw Charles Kopperl, who is now as I am informed detained in Fort Lafayette. In conversation with him I learned that he was then engaged in raising a cavalry company and that he was captain thereof The company was for the Confederate service. He made no secret of the business he was engaged upon.

JEREMIAH M. WARDWELL.

Sworn before me this 18th day of October, 1861.

S. C. HAWLEY,

Chief Clerk.

FORT LAFAYETTE, October 24, 1861.

Honorable W. H. SEWARD.

SIR: I respectfully and earnestly apply to you for my release. I am an Austrian by birth, a naturalized citizen of the United States and