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Jones Randle

Confederate Memoranda On Arrest Of E. R. Jones, Loudon County, Virginia.

E. R. Jones.-Born in Wales. Came to New York in 1850. Married a girl of Welch and German parentage. Settled in Madison County, N. Y. Remained there three years. Did not like the people and came to Virginia in 1856. Settled in Loudoun near the Fairfax line, about two miles from Dranesville. Has kept close at home. Knew nothing of the Northern army. Had no communication with it, direct or indirect. Was arrested and taken to Dranesville. Was there three nights and two days. Was permitted to go about without a guard until several of his neighbors were arrested. Then they were sent to Fairfax, thence to Manassas, thence to Richmond. Does not know for what he was arrested. Says he took the incipient steps to become a citizen of the United States while in New York. Never took the final oaths. Says he is willing to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States and the State of Virginia. Says as Virginia could not get her rights she ought to have seceded, though he wished in his heart peace could have been preserved. Says he served in the militia when the Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad was destroyed and aided in taking up the rails. Says William Randle married his sister. Was an easy kind of man and persuaded him to leave Wisconsin and come to Virginia. I recommend Jones be discharged on taking the oath of allegiance.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1460

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