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Memoranda on arrest of William A. Kelley, Fayette County, Virginia. 1862.

William A. Kelley.-Says he was born in Giles County, Va. Lives on Lyle Creek, in Fayette County, near Cotton Hill. Says when he was arrested he had been to Anderson Wilson's to look for a young steer. Was told he was arrested because the army wanted neither friend nor foe to pass. Says he is a secessionist but did not vote. Let the secession party have some oats and grain. Has several times seen the Yankee army at Falls Mills (Falls Mills are opposite the mouth of Gauley, on New River). Says he went to Falls Mills because all the other mills were dry. Had no communication with the Yankees. Colonel Coleman proved the prisoner was a man of bad character, both for veracity and integrity. He further proved the streams were unusually high in that vicinity this summer, so high that the mills were washed away. The examination of the prisoner created the impression that he was a spy for the enemy, and that such a man remaining in the vicinity of the enemy would be dangerous. I think he ought not to be discharged.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pgs. 1449-1450

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