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Fellers Slater Smith Stoneburner Weimer

Confederate Memoranda on Arrest Isaac Slater, Virginia circa 1862.

Isaac Slater.-Aged eighteen; born in Loudoun County. For the past five years lived in Lovettsville as a clerk for Stoneburner. Soon after the 19th of April says he went to Washington to stay with his father, who is a clerk with A. & T. A. Richards, brickmakers. Says his father is poor and he had been in the habit of sending him his wages, and fearing trouble he went to his father to aid him. Says he staid in Washington till 14th of August when he went to Berlin, in Maryland. Was a clerk there for Hoffman & Howell; then for C. F. Weimer, and lived with him till he was taken. Came over with three other persons to see his friends and acquaintances the night he was captured. They got permission from a Northern captain to come. Came in a skiff; knew nothing of the gondola boat. Was taken going past it to the skiff. Says he came across two or three times before. Denies any participation in taking Stoneburner's horse. Says he was in Berlin when it was taken. Says he never thought of citizenship. Was willing to take the oath of allegiance if I would advise him to do so. Says William Smith who was taken with him is his cousin. Refers for his good character to H. M. Fellers, Jacob Stoneburner and various other citizens of Loudoun. Is much subdued and anxious to be released. I file the affidavit of Cruzen. I refer to General Hill's report and deposition. I think favorably of this young man's deportment and apparent candor on his trial. If I could see how with propriety he could be discharged from prison I would suggest it; but although my sympathy for him is strong no mode of extending mercy to him occurs to me. I must suggest that he be held as a prisoner.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1470

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