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Memoranda on arrest of A. Abott, Camden County, Georgia. 1862.

A. Abott.-Prisoner says he was born in England. His father moved when prisoner was four years old to Andover, Mass., and eight years afterward to Concord, N. H., where prisoner lived eight years. From there he went to Camden County, Ga., and engaged in the lumber business, which he has followed since. Has three partners, two in Maine, one in Nova Scotia. His lumber was shipped to the North from Charleston, but afterward sent from Satilla River, Ga. Says his last cargo was shipped the 16th of June last consigned to a New York house. He went on with it to get an advance on it. He failed to do so and after staying in New York four or five days returned to Charleston and Savannah; thence went to Camden County, in Georgia. Then he took care of his teams, placing them with Taylor; then took passage in a lumber sloop to Baltimore. Staid there three or four days and came to Virginia. He assigns the following reasons for coming to Virginia. He says a year ago last spring he purchased from one Wilson, then and now a clerk in the Treasury Department, one-fourth of 400 acres of land in Fairfax Connty, Va. For this he paid $2,000. He does not know whether Wilson ever made him a deed. The other three-fourths were owned by Snow, Smith and by Wilson. Snow lived on the land, but paid no rent. Money was advanced to improve the land. Wilson called on prisoner to advance money for this purpose. When he arrived in Baltimore he met Wilson who informed him Snow was a prisoner, and offered to pay him $50 a month to go on the land and take care of it. Prisoner accepted the offer; left Baltimore, came across the Patuxent, and crossed the Potomac above Aquia Creek. There he was arrested by a part of General Holmes' command and taken to Fredericksburg, where he was imprisoned. After some days he says he was examined by General Holmes and the mayor and permitted to go to his farm in Fairfax. The day after he got to the farm Snow returned home. He says he then went to find Chester Avery on business of Lant & Harris, of Baltimore. Was arrested and taken to Manassas. Says his memorandum book and papers were taken from him at Manassas. From this man's statement and from his manner under examination I am satisfied he is a spy, and it was obvious to me that he was giving false accounts of his conduct in South Carolina and Georgia and Virginia. I think he ought to be held in custody as a spy until evidence sufficient to try him can be procured.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1455

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