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Memoranda on arrest of L. Kurtz, from Waynesborough, Pennsylvania in Smithfield, Virginia. July, 18, 1862

L. Kurtz.-Arrested July 18. Born in Maryland; has lived for twenty-five years in Pennsylvania. Lives now in Waynesborough, ten miles from Hagerstown. Brought four officers of the U. S. Army from Waynesborough to Hagerstown. Says he then sold a load of bacon to one Hurst in Smithfield, Va., and agreed to deliver it. Went home for it and came with it to Hagerstown. Says he went from Hagerstown to Martinsburg. Accounts for going to Martinsburg by saying he had trusted some business to a lawyer in Hagerstown, who went West and left his business with oue Luster. He heard Luster was in Martinsburg, and went to see him. He was not there. Then went to Smithfield to deliver his bacon and was taken. Does not know that the purchaser of the bacon lived in Smithfield, but he told him he did. Denies all connection with the U. S. Army. Owes allegiance to Pennsylvania. I suspect this man was a spy, but do not find evidence to try him. I suggest he be held as a prisoner of war.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1458

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Memoranda on arrest of Joshua McCumpsey, Virginia. July 18, 1862.

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