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Memoranda on arrest of Abe Hamilton, Washington D.C.

Abe Hamilton.-Born in Washington. For seventeen years has been a fisherman and boatman on the Potomac. Last summer was fishing in Saul Gibsoni's boat about Freestone Point, Chopawamsic and Evansport. The fish were taken to the Washington market. Ran one trip from Blackiston's Island to Washington in John Gibson's boat. After the fishing season was over worked in Mason's Neck. Was taken there gathering fodder. Says he is friendly to the South and opposed to the North. Could have joined the Northern army, but would not fight against the South. Wishes to have nothing to do with the war, but if he goes in the army will go into the Southern army. Says he is unwell, suffering from cold and a cough, but if permitted to go to his father's near Stafford Court-House will volunteer when he gets well. Willing to take oath of allegiance. This young man seems to be candid and has excited my sympathies. Ii can get no information about him except his own examination. From his examination it appears he has spent the summer in fishing for the enemy and in the vicinity of points important to us to keep the enemy from. I will if I can inquire further into his case. At present I must advise he be retained as a prisoner.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1460

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