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Memoranda on arrest of Floyd Cook, Boone County Virginia. 1862.

Floyd Cook.-Born in Giles County, now Boone, near where he now lives; living near William Workman. Says a company was organized to protect their property from horse-thieves. Was arrested one mile and a half from home. Had gone to Amos Workman's to persuade the men assembled there to disperse. Saw some men there; saw John Gunnoe (not the one in prison), B. F. Perry and some men from Raleigh he did not know. Saw another Perry and Micajah White. These men had assembled because they were informed a horse-stealing party would be in their neighborhood in a few days. This party had Morris Cook and Clay in custody as prisoners. Does not know what party left Amos Workman's and was arrested on the road home. William Workman was arrested immediately afterward. The party then proceeded to Amos Workman's. He does not recollect who he saw there at that time except his son who had just gone in from the mountains. Says the Gerald boys were arrested soon after he was. They had been out hunting cattle. Says he saw where some trees had been cut across the road and he saw some brush thrown up on the side of the mountain which was called a fortification. He did not go near enough to see if there were any logs and stones in it. Says he was a member of the company organized in the neighborhood to keep off the horse-thieves. Says his son, William Workman, Amos, James and Lawson Workman were members; also M. G. White and his two sons; the Gunnoe's, W. Walker, B. F. Perry and Benj. Workman; does not remember the others. Had nothing to do with the Southern or Northern army or the Union men. Is willing to take the oath of allegiance. Mr. McDonald knows nothing of his own knowledge of Floyd Cook's course since the act of secession, but says it was understood in the neighborhood Cook was a member of the company which obstructed the road, fortified it, threatened Wyoming with invasion. Says Morris Cook and Hehry Clay, the militia scouts who were arrested and disarmed by this party, say Floyd Cook was the principal actor and that it was done within the breast-works. I think this man ought not to be released. His examination compared with Workman's satisfies me he was a member of a most dangerous and treasonable organization. They were attempting to take possession of mountain passes at the head of Coal River on the most direct route from Kanawha to East Tennessee. If this organization is not broken up it may give the Federal army most important aid in any movement toward Tennessee. I think inquiry ought to be made if testimony of the facts stated by McDonald can be procured, and if it can be procured the man ought to be put on his trial.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1451

Related documents:Memoranda on arrest of George W. Cook, Boone County, Virginia. 1862

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