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Allen Dentz Hegan Kelly Magruder Milstead Water Weston

Confederate Memoranda on arrest of William Weston, Fairfax County, Virginia. 1862.

William Weston.-Sent with the three above-named men[James C. Kelly, Robert Allen and Matthew Milstead]. Says he was born in Fairfax County, Va. Is twenty-seven years old. In June last went to Washington as a hand on board the Lady of the Lake, a boat owned either by Samuel Dentz or Silas Dentz. Silas Dentz, son of Samuel Dentz, was captain. The boat was loaded with wood, twenty-six or twenty-seven cords, a full load. The prisoner says the boat was loaded at Accotink Mills. He was there and went up to see his sister who was married to James Water, of Washington, intending to bring her back. Dentz said it was the last trip he would make. Prisoner says he was taken sick and remained in Washington two months. He then left in company with F. Magruder. Magruder bought a skiff in which he and Magruder escaped from Washington. In nine days after his return he was arrested. Daniel Hegan was a hand on board the boat. Prisoner says he had mustered in Pohick Church in May with some of the home guards, Burk commanding. In this case the trip of the prisoner to Washington in the latter part of June and his remaining there for two months properly subjected him to suspicion and I cannot at present recommend his discharge. But the subsequent examination of F. Magruder satisfies me Weston was sick, and anxious to escape from Washington and I therefore recommend his discharge.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1445

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