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Memoranda on arrest of Wilson Arthur. Webster County, Virginia. 1862

Wilson Arthur.-Born in Randolph; moved in 1819 to the place he now lives in Webster County. Says he does not know for what he was arrested; supposes it was because he had been against secession, but he says when the State went out he went with it. Has never had anything to do with the Yankees or their friends in Virginia. Says he never fought the Yankees because they did not come to his neighborhood. He is too old to go after them, but he lent his gun twice to young men to go after them. He is fifty-five years old. Mr. McLaughlin proves him to be a man of good character. Says he was arrested because of malicious charges preferred by a man he sued for killing a dog. Some persons doubted his fidelity. Mr. McLaughlin did not. Mr. Alderson gives him a good character. Says he voted for a secessionist to represent him. I recommend his discharge on taking the oath of allegiance.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1447

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