Richmond, VA., January 7, 1865.
Lieut. Col. JOHN E. MULFORD, Assistant Agent of Exchange:
SIR: I have learned from a friend of mine that Miss Amelia B. Murphy, daughter of another friend, is now in Fort McHenry, held as a spy. It seems that the young lady obtained from General Sheridan a pass and a parole to go to Jefferson County, in this State. The provost-marshal at Duffield Station, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, informed Miss Murphy that the pass would allow her to go to any place within the Federal Army lines. Acting upon this, it appears, she went as far as Frederick City, Md. She was arrested somewhere in that neighborhood. Her purpose was simply to purchase some clothing, of which she stood very much in need. I am as sure of this as I am of anything in this world. The idea of acting the part of a spy never entered into her head. I am so fully satisfied that injustice is being done to this young lady by her imprisonment that I have thus earnestly brought the matter to your attention. I sincerely trust that you will without delay make such representations to your authorities as will secure her release.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
SOURCE:Official Records of the War of the Rebellion Series 2, Volume 8, pg. 34
OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D. C., January 21, 1865.
Lieut. Col. JOHN B. MULFORD,
COLONEL: The communication of the 7th instant addressed to you by R. Ould, rebel agent for exchange, in relation to Miss Amelia Murphy, has been referred to this office, and in reply I have the honor, by direction of the Commissary-General of Prisoners, to inform you that she was released from Fort McHenry, Md., December 28, 1864.
W. T. HARTZ,
SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 8, pg. 104
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