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Memoranda on arrest of James C. Kelly. Prince William County, Virginia. 1862

James C. Kelly.The only paper accompanying this prisoner is herewith submitted marked A, * in which the charge stated against him is infidelity. It does not appear by what authority this paper is made out or that any investigation of the cases stated in it has been made. Prisoner says he was born in Maryland. Has lived nine years in Prince William County, three miles and a half from Occoquan and this side of our lines. Was arrested by orders of Captain Nelson of the Quantico Guards. Has had no communication with the enemy. On the 9th of May he carried to Washington the goods of one Safford, a Northern man who left the country. He has never been since to Washington or inside of the enemy's lines. No person from the inside of the enemys lines has ever visited him or held communication with him or his family. Thinks the war unjust on the part of the North. Stands by the South. Gave the Prince William cavalry two loads of hay. Has since sold hay to the Southern troops. Voted for Davis for President and William Smith for the Confederate Congress. Colonel Brawner proves Kelly to be an honest man. Has never heard any reason for distrusting his fidelity to the South. Has heard some individuals speak of Kelly as suspicious, but assigned no reasons for the suspicions. Others placed entire confidence in his fidelity. While Kelly was under arrest at Dumfrees he voted for Davis as President of the Confederate States and William Smith for Congress. On the evening of Kellys arrest Colonel Brawner saw Captain Nelson, who told him the arrest was made as a precautionary measure, an advance of the army in that direction being expected, and not for any specific charge. Mr. Lynn, the delegate from Prince William, says that Kellys general character is good, and he believes him to be faithful to the South. When Underwood was trying to raise a Northern party in that neighborhood Kelly was opposed to him. I recommend the discharge of this man inasmuch as no specific charge is preferred against him and there is no evidence that any competent military authority has adjudged his removal from our military lines. The testimony before me shows him to be a faithful Southern man.

* Not Found

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1444

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