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Confedertae Memoranda on George Ryan, Carter County Tennessee. Arrested Wytheville circa 1861-1862.

George Ryan.-Born in Abingdon, Va.; raised in Carter County, Tenn. Was working in Wytheville when arrested. Says he was against secession, but afterward wished to be neutral. When the rebellion occurred in East Tennessee he opposed it and desired to prevent it. Expected to be neutral. Says if Northern troops came to kill his neighbors he would be with the South. Admits Tennessee had the right to secede. When pressed to decide his position says if compelled to decide he must go with the North. I recommend he be held as a prisoner.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1485

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