This person [Ferdinand Alfons Okelemski] was arrested by order of John A. Kennedy, superintendent of police at New York, June 21, 1861. He was charged with attemupting to enter the rebel army. His letter dated April 4, 1861, addressed to the commander of Pensacola Navy-Yard, says:
I have been civil engineer of the city of Montgomery, Ala. My heart was always beating strongly for Southern rights and Southern constitution, and now since the Southern Confederacy is established I most respectfully would solicit some sort of employment in the Southern military engineering department.
An order was issued from the Department of State dated June 29, 1861, directing John A. Kennedy to release Okelemski. He was released July 1, 1861.
Source: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2
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