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Memoranda on Robert Power, taken Leesburg, Virginia, circa 1861-1862.

Robert Power.-Born in Loudon County. His father lives six miles from Leesburg. For more than a year prisoner has lived at his uncle's, Thomas Gheen, four miles from Centreville, working on his farm. Says before Christmas he went up to his aunts, Mrs. Rose, of Loudoun, to get some money. His aunt gave him some eggs which he took to the post nearest to him to sell. He was arrested and taken to Colonel O'Neal, of the Ninth Alabama Regiment. Was told they were in search of Shelton Ambler, who had passed Indiana money on some of the soldiers. Suspected him to be a partner of Ambler's; thought he had given notice to Ambler, and suspected him to be a spy. Declares he is innocent of the charges. Says he has never had anything to do with the enemy. Says last summer he was at his brother-in-laws, Bodine, and saw the tents across the river. He was at Leesburg and saw the Yankee prisoners brought in after the battle. These are the only times he has seen Yankees. Has a brother and several brothers-in-law in the Southern army. His brother is in Mead's Loudoun Cavalry. Two of his brothers-in-law are in the Loudoun Artillery. Is willing to take the oath of allegiance. Mr. Huntt, delegate from Fairfax, says he does not know this yonng man, but he knows Gheen, his uncle with whom he worked the last year, is true to the South. Colonel Ball, of the senate, from Loudoun, says his brother and several of his brothers-in-law are in the Southern army. His whole connections are faithful Southern people. Does not know him. Colonel Ball handed me the petition of Power's brother for his release and the petition of officers and men of the Eighth Virginia Regiment for his release, herewith sent. This young man is modest, and I think true and honest from his examination before me. No charge has been sent on with him. I unhesitatingly recommend his release.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pgs. 1470-1471

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