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Armstead Magaha-Civil War Prisoner

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Re: Armstead Magaha-Civil War Prisoner

Posted: 2 Apr 2005 10:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Dec 2005 9:06AM GMT
Hi Sharon this is all I have I hope it’s helpful.
Dennis.


Armstead Magaha. - Born in Loundoun County, Va. Lives a mile and a half from Lovettsville, between that and the river. Says he carries on a blacksmith shop at Berlin, in Maryland. Has done so for five years. Rents the shop from year to year. His lease expired last Christmas. Before the bridge was burned at Berlin he crossed every day. Says after the bridge was burned he boarded in Berlin and crossed frequently until the enemy's pickets were placed on the river. Says since the 1st of July he never crossed until the night he was taken. Says he got a skiff and evaded pickets. Afterward he said on the night he was taken was permitted by the captain in command of the pickets to cross in company with Rouse, Smith and Slater. They got a skiff and crossed. They promised the captain to return that night. Says they had nothing to do with the gondola boat. Were going to their skiff when arrested. Says he had bout $2,000 due him for work on the Maryland side of the river and his object in remaining there was to secure it. I submit the report of General Hill and the affidavits of S. Price and S. Crumbaker. I recommend this man to be held as a prisoner.

NOTE. - After this report was prepared I received the papers sent me herewith in an envelope. I have examined these papers and they have not materially affected my opinion. The omission of Slater's name in Stoneburner's affidavit is unfavorable to him. Magaha's statement that he had rented a shop in Berlin is confirmed, but it was to say the least a serious error in him if he was true to the South to attempt to carry on business in the enemy's lines. His crossing back and forward afforded opportunities for communication with the enemy that might seriously endanger our interests. In the affidavits submitted some revengeful expressions are proved to have been made by him. I think it probable if the enemy had arrested him in Berlin he could have made a much stronger case of fidelity to them than he has to us.

LEESBURG, VA., December 27, 1861.
General WINDER:
I send you six tories with the affidavits against them. The names of the men are: Joseph L. Grubb, Armstead Magaha, William Smith, Isaac Slater, Emanuel Rouse and William Working. As the evidence is against them I strust that they may not be allowed to return home. The people of Loudoun are afraid of them and much mischief would result from their release.

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