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Memoranda on arrest of John O'Brien, Webster County, Virginia. 1862

John O'Brien.-An old man; says he was born in Harrison County; moved to the head of the Little Kanawha, thence to the Sandy Fork of Elk, thence to Webster.The old man has spent his life in the woods hunting and seems to be very ignorant of what is going on in the settlements. Has a great respect for the old Commonwealth of Virginia and great contempt and hatred for the attempted government at Wheeling. Does not seem to know much of the difference between the United States and Confederate States, but is willing to take the oath of allegiance to the old State of Virginia and any government she belongs to. Mr. McLaughlin proves he is a man of good character ignorant of all things going on in the settlements. He lives remote from settlements in the woods, and makes his living by hunting and digging ginseng. Mr. Robinson, prosecuting attorney of Nicholas, proves his general character is good. Has a son in Swann's company, Tompkin's regiment, Wise Legion. I recommend his discharge on taking the oath of allegiance.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pgs. 1447-1448

Related Document:Memoranda on arrest of Miles O'Brien, Webster County, Virginia. 1862

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