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Memoranda on arrest of Charles Clay, Raleigh County, Virginia. 1862.

Charles Clay.Aged sixty-three. Born in Virginia; has lived in Raleigh County twelve years. Says he is a secessionist and on the Southern side. Has two sons in Floyd's brigade, in Captains Pates or Adams companies. Has done all in his power for the families of volunteers in the Southern army. Does not know for what he is arrested. Says he went to hunt up some cattle and hogs driven by the wife of a volunteer into the mountains when the Northern troops went to Raleigh Court-House. Did not expect them to return so soon, but they met him in the road on his return home, took him prisoner, and compelled him to show them where they could cross the creek, and then discharged him. Says he never had anything to do with the Northern army or with the Union men, except in this instance. Says he has slept out in the mountains at night to avoid them. I examined Colonel Coleman, the member of the legislature of Virginia from Fayette [and] Raleigh, and Mr. McDonald, the member from Wyoming, and they neither knew enough of this man to say whether he was worthy of credit. I recommend his discharge on taking the oath of allegiance.

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SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1439

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