Wednesday, December 14, 2011

John Minor Botts, Civil War.

John Minor Botts.

Birth: Sep. 16, 1802, Dumfries, Prince William County Virginia.

Death: Jan. 8, 1869, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia.

United States Representative from Virginia, 1839-1843 and 1847-1849; delegate to the Convention of Southern Loyalists, 1866.

Burial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia.

His head stone reads.

I Know no North, no South, no East, no West; I only known my country, my whole country and nothing but my country.

John Minor Botts in the Civil War.

April 9, 1862. - A court of inquiry ordered in the case of Honorable John Minor Botts, of Virginia, arrested as a suspect by the Confederate authorities.

Near Fort Buffalo, Va., October 4, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report my return to this point this evening. I telegraphed the substance of what I had to report this morning from Catlett's Station. I omitted to say that one wood since Kershaw's division left Culpeper Court-House for Gordonsville,a nd a few days since left Gordonsville to join Early. It was his division which attacked us before near Culpeper Court-House. It had just come down from the Valley there the day previous to my arrival, and was on its way to join Lee at Richmond. I have this information from the Honorable John Minor Botts, at Brandy Station.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. M. LAZELLE, Colonel Sixteenth New York Vol. Cavalry, Comdg. Cavalry Brigade.

Case of John Minor Botts.

HENRICO, March 22, 1862.

President DAVIS:

I appeal to your kindness to get you to answer me a few questions. First, what was Mr. Botts taken from his family for and cast into jail?* Second, why is he kept there now three weeks without allowing him a trial? Mr. Davis, what has he done to cause his confinement? Could you but know the anguish of his distressed family you would not keep them tortured as they are. A family of girls without a mother, and their idolized father torn from them at such a time of danger as his! Have you children? How would you feel about them? Are you a member of the Church of Christ? Remember the Savior's holy words, "Blessed are the peacemakers. " Answer this speedily if you please, and direct it to


WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, April 22, 1862.
Messrs. W. T. JOYNES and Others, Richmond, Va.

GENTLEMEN: Your letter of the 18th instant has been received. I think that for the present Mr. Botts should not be permitted to remain in the vicinity of Richmond, and have therefore ordered his discharge on parole if he will retire to the interior and pledge himself to do or say nothing prejudicial to the Confederacy or its Government.

Your obedient servant, GEO. W. RANDOLPH, Secretary of War.


A court of inquiry having assembled at Richmond, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 81, April 9, 1862, from the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, to examine "into the causes of the arrest of John Minor Botts and to report the facts in reference thereto, and whether in the said John Minor Botts; and the court having made such examination and reported the result withi the evidence in the case to the Secretary of War, the following are his decision and orders thereupon:

The Secretary of War having considered the record of the examination in the case of John Minor Botts, and the report of Brigadier General J. H. Winder as to the practicability of confining him to his house and premises in the manner recommended by the court of inquiry directs, that he be discharged from confinement on his delivering to General Winder a writen parole of honor to the following effect:

That until otherwise permitted by the Department he will so journ in Lynchburg. Danville, or Raleigh, or in such other place in the interiors as may be selected by himself with the consent of the Department; that he will proceed without unnecessary delay to the place of his so journ; that he will not depart therefrom or go more than five miles from this residence; and that while on parole he will do nothing to the injury of the Confederate Government, nor express any opinion tending to impair the confidence of the people in the capacity of the Confederate States to achieve their independence.

Mr. Bott's family will passports to join him if desired.

By command of the Secretary of War: S. COOPER,

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