War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 0674 PRISONERS OF WAR, ETC.

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PORTLAND, September 5, 1861.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State:

Sargent and Hill arrested on your dispatch* and in prison. Are getting out a writ of habeas corpus. Send instructions immediately.

CHAS. CLARKE,

U. S. Marshal.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 5, 1861.

Lieutenant General WINFIELD SCOTT, Washington.

GENERAL: Please order by telegraph the military commander at Porland, Me., to receive Sargent and Hill of that city who have been arrested by the U. S. marshal by direction of this Department for violating the injunctions in the recent proclamation of the President. Direct the commander also not to respect any writ of habeas corpus which may be issued in the case.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY.

Washington, September 5, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel J. D. GREENE,

Seventeenth U. S. Infantry, Fort Prebel, Portland, Me.:

Receive from U. S. marshal at Porland Messrs. Sargent and Hill, who have been arrested for political offenses. Refuse to obey any writ of habeas corpus that may be served upon you in their cases. Send them quietly under charge of an officer and if necessary a few men by any suitable water conveyance from Portland to New York and deliver them for safe-keeing to Lieutenant Colonel Martin Burke, commanding Fort Lafayette.

WINFIELD SCOTT.

PORTLAND, ME., September 5, 1861

WILLIAM H. SEWARD:

Sargent and Hill taken from the marshal on habeas corpus. Hearing at 3 to-morrow.

GEO. T. TALBOT,

District Attorney.

WASHINGTON, September 11, 1861.

[Honorable CALEB B. SMITH, Secretary of the Interior:]

Cyrus F. Sargent and O. A. Hill have a contract to supply two rebel regiments at New Orleans. It is alleged at Yarmoth, Me., that the said Sargent and Hill are there building a vessel to carry material to the coast of Texas. This I have from Mr. George Woods, a citizen of Yarmouth, who is now in Pittsburg, Pa.

D. L. EATON.

Pre-emption Division, Land Office.

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