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Confederate Memorandum on Arrest of Forest Olden, Colchester, Virginia.

Forest Olden.-Born in Alexandria; lived near Colchester eighteen years; longboatman by profession. This spring made three trips to Washington in a boat belonging to Mr. Trice. Stopped running when the governor's proclamation issued. When he stopped boating worked his garden until harvest. After harvest marketed to our camp; never had any intercourse with the enemy. Says the Southern pickets ate at his house and got fodder. Says he often helped Marylanders who came over to join the Maryland regiment. Mr. Huntt and Mr. Thomas testify to his good character. Sent here with the order of the 19th of November. Colonel Robertson says must be sent to Richmond as a person whom it is not safe to have at large. No charge is made against him. A large discretion must be vested in our military officers, yet when they arrest citizens and send them to Richmond they ought to send some evidence on which they may be lawfully detained. As there is no evidence on which this man may be lawfully detained I must recommend his discharge on taking the oath of allegiance.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1452

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