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Confederate Memoranda on James Oscar Wren, Fairfax, Virginia. Circa 1861-1862

James Oscar Wren.-Born in Fairfax. I submit with this case General Stuart's order and the statement of Messrs. Thomas and Huntt. He says he never passed our pickets knowingly. Never was a dealer in liquor. Says he kept liquors and sold some to his neighbors as medicine. Says when the army fell back last October he took a negro woman and his other movable property to Prince William and staid there till Christmas. He then returned, got his negro man and took him back to Fauquier out of reach of the enemy. Owns only two negroes and he has placed them in our lines to save them from the Yankees. He says on his return from Fauquier he heard he had been charged with selling whisky and thinks the reports were got up by Thompson to injure him. He voted for secession. This man is said by Messrs. Thomas and Huntt to be a man of good character. It is difficult to reconcile his statement with General Stuart's order, but as General Stuart says he is regarded as a dangerous man to be beyond the outposts and is faithful to the South, I recommend he be discharged on taking the oath of allegiance and promising not to go to any place in the vicinity of our camps.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pgs. 1487-1488

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