War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 1484 PRISONERS OF WAR, ETC.

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burg. Says he is not in the habit of drinking too much, but when he got safe in Dixie he took a frolic, became noisy and was arrested. The only paper sent to me is his letter to General Winder herewith inclosed*. I recommend this man be discharged on taking the oath of allegiance and that he be permitted to join a volunteer company.

Solomon Van Meler. - Born in Pendleton County on South Branch. Lives in Pendleton County on North Fork, about two miles from the mouth of Seneca. Has never seen the Northern army or any of their allies. Has no acquaintance on the Dry Fork of Cheat. Heard Snyder was gallanting the Yankees about on the Dry Fork of Cheat and in Randolph. Does not believe anybody went from his neighborhood to join them. Has not been in Hardy County for two or three years. Says he was for the Union until the State went out, and he goes with the State and for the Government at Richmond. Is a poor laboring man. Rents land and his family is dependent on his labor. Stays at home and attends to his business. There is no charge or evidence against this man. He is in feeble health and has suffered much in prison. I recommend his discharge on taking the oath of allegiance. I would further as a matter of humainty recommend he be permitted to remian until able to travel home.

Henry Henderson. - Eighteen years old. Prisoner says he was born in Iroqouis Conty, Ill. His father and his mother died in his childhood. He then went to Columbus, Ohio, to live with an uncle who, he says was librarian of the State and died two years since. Says he volunteered in the Twenty-third Ohio Regiment, Colonel Scammon. Went to Carksburg, Va. From there with Rosecrans. Was in the battle of Carnifix. Then was sent to Raleigh Court-House. Says he acted as scout in Fayette and Mercer Counties. Was oncle in Monroe at Sandcroft's. Says he never got to the railroad. In relation to the papers found on him, he says Numbers 1 is a copy of a memorandum given him by a man in Raliegh. Will not tell who the man was. Numbers 2. He says when passing by the post-office at Shady Springs, in Raleigh, he saw the door open; he went in and found a basket of letters, near 200. He carried them off and this paper was among them. Numbers 3 he says was given him by Aden Thompson. The names on it are names of bushwhackers. He explains this one thus; Men who were brought in by the U. S. troops and took the oath of allegiance; afterward they violated their oaths by shooting at their trains. These men were to be shot when found and his business was to hunt them up. He says he was taken with a scouting party when in pursuit of such men. Numbers 4. This paper contains the certifications of several men that Henderson was a spy. The signers are said to be men worthy of credit on aoth. I recommend this young man be held as a spy.

George W. Walker. - Says he was born in Waynesborough, Franklin County, Pa., and was raised there. Had several friends who were three-months' volunteers in Patterson's army. He expected they would be discharged. He wanted to see the army. Went with a friend, William H. Brotherton, to Martinsburg to see them. At Martinsburg he was informed the army had gone to Bunker Hill. They went to Bunker Hill and were informed the army had gone to Charlestown.


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