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Memoranda on James Mayner circa 1861-1862

James Mayner.-Says he was born in Raleigh [County], on Clear Fork of Coal River. Raised where he was born. Was arrested half a mile from home at John Stover's. Two men were with him, Sampson Stover and Creed Mayner. Creed Mayner ran and was shot. Sampson Stover was arrested with prisoner but afterward discharged. Says for the last year he lived with his brother on the Pound Fork of Sandy, in Wise County. There are no Union men there. Says he is not a Union man is a Southern man. Never had anything to do with the home quarrel. Had not been at home two weeks when he was arrested. Heard Captain Dunbar, who lives on Coal River, was trying to get up a Union company, but he, prisoner, had nothing to do with it. Heard this from some men who had been down on Coal, but he would have nothing to do with it. Says he saw Dunbar once after he came home but had no conversation with him. Is willing to take the oath of allegiance. Heard an election for the Wheeling government was to be held on Coal River but he did not have anything to do with it. Captain Linkons of his neighborhood says this boy was away from home, he supposes in Wise County, when the Union company was formed. As there is no charge against this youth and I can find no one who makes any charge and as he seems to be fair and truthful I recommend his discharge.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1476

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