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Memoranda on William P. Spear, Virginia. Circa 1861-1862.

William P. Spear.-Age fifty-two. Born in Essex County, N. J.; moved to Virginia in 1840; carpenter. Owns a farm but no negroes; hires negroes. Was a Breckinridge Democrat and a secessionist. Arrested by order of General Stuart. Says he had no communication with the enemy. Has fed the pickets without charge and nursed the sick Confederates at his house. He is proved to be a man of good character. I recommend his discharge on taking oath of allegiance and agreeing not to go to our lines or encampments.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1487

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