Friday, December 07, 2007

Civil War Miscellaneous

This page will be on the miscellaneous of the Civil War things like Hotels, Slaoons, and plantations well you get the Idea. It will be a mix of subjets so long as it has something to do with a surname, and as always if you have any question about this or any other pagers at this site you can ask at:

Note. In the reports below you will see a lot happened in and around the Hotel in the Civil War, way to many to put here. However if you have a name of a Hotel that a family member stayed in or was in a battle, near by and would like to know more about it, I will try to find out for you.


Brigadier-General William N. R. Beall.

He had been of the Provision army, C. S.,and was a prisoners of war, but was on parole as a Confederate agent to supplly prisoners of war. He was under General Grants orders. He was now in New York, and while there he stayed at the Saint Nicholas Hotel and Saint Julian Hotel, he took a lot of his meals at the Hotel New York.

Robert C. Kennedy.

Robert C. Kenndy was a captain in the confederate army, he had been a prisoner at Jonson's Island but escaped and went to Canada, where he met some confederate friends. He was asked if he would like to go on an expedition the answer was yes. He was sent to New York, the idea was to set fire to the city on the Presidential Election for the atrocities of what happen in the Shenandoah Vally, but the phosphorus wasn't ready. Then on November 25, 1864, he walked down Prince Street and set four fires they were the Barnum's museum, Lovejoy's Hotel, Tammany Hotel and the New England house. He would go to the Exchange hotel to wait it out and make his way back to Canada. He made his escaped but months later was caught and sentenced to be hung.

Note. There is more to this story if you would like it.

Saint Louis Mo.1864.

On November 15, 1864, some soldiers from the sixth Missouri cavalry and the tenth Kansas had came to attend the Fletcher (Republican) Union or meeting at the Guenadon's on Washington Avenue. Then it was learnd that there was a McClellan meeting being held at the Lindell Hotel that housed the Democratic office. There was about ninety soldiers and some citizens in front of the hotel and soon a riot broke out as the rioters tried to remove the McClellan flag from the hotel.

Note. There is more on this story if you would like it.

Archibald B. Campbell U. S. Army Director of Mississippi.

On September 28, 1862, give a report on the battle of Luka of September 19, It was found on reaching Luka that the rebel wounded occupied the old hospital the Luka Springs Hotel, as well as the seminary buildings. It was determined to occupy the other Luka hotel.

Note. There is more to this story if you would like it.


There was a running fight in Georgetown and some of it took place out side and inside of the Captain Kidd's Hotel. Then there was the Pacific Hotel is on south side of Main street about 400 yards west of Kidd's Hotel.

Note. This report is to long to put here but if you would like it just ask.

Harrisburg, Pa., August 9, 1864

MAJOR: I have the honor to report relating to the late invasion by the rebels in Chambersburg, Pa., on the morning of the 30th of July, 1864, the rebels entered the town with a force of (I do not think over) 500 mounted men, under the command of Generals McCausland and Bradley T. Johnson, the main body being encamped on the fair grounds. That in retaliation of the depredations committed by Major-General Hunter, of the U. S. forces, during his recent aid, it is ordered that the citizens of Chambersburg pay to the Confederate States by General McCausland the sum of $100,000 in gold; or in lieu thereof $500,000 in greenbacks or national currency was required to ransom the town, otherwise the town would be laid in ashes within three hours.

The order was signed by General Early. After reading the order I started to find the town council. Meeting one of them I informed him of the facts, when he told me that the citizens would not pay them 5 cents. I returned and met General Bradley T. Johnson on the portico of the Franklin Hotel. The rebels were by this time dismounted and breaking in the doors of stores and houses, and had already commenced plundering. When they entered it was 5.30 a. m.

Note. This report is to long to put here but if you would like it just ask.

Camp near Winchester, Va., October 24, 1862.

SIR: The division of General D. R. Jones, having, by a forced march from Hagerstown, reached Boonsborough, Md., near the South Mountain, about 4 o'clock Sunday evening, September 14, was immediately thrown forward to the support of the troops engaged with the enemy on the mountain. Passing through Boonsborough and crossing a branch, this brigade, in conjunction with General Garnett's, marched by the right flank to a church some mile and a half to the right and south of the turnpike, and then filed off to the left about 1 mile to the foot of the mountain. About the time we reached that position, the firing having pretty well ceased, the two brigades about-faced, marched back within a half mile of the turnpike, an filed off to the right and formed in line of battle midway up the mountain, with General Garnett's brigade on my left. Having thrown out skirmishers preparatory to an advance, I was ordered by General Jones to move the brigade along the mountain to the White House Hotel, on the turnpike at the summit of the pass. Upon reaching the hotel, I posted the brigade.

Note. If you would like the full report let me know.

Witnesses in the murder of the President.

Wintnesses William Campbell And Joseph Snevel, with a Miss Alice Williams who was commissioned in the rebel army as a Lieutenant under the name of Buford, the would be Charlotte Corday except that she poroposed to employ poison. These men and women would be in the Madison Avenue Hotel and the National Hotel.

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Major-General John F. Reynolds.

When taken prisoner by the picket I was conducted to the rear into the presence of the general commanding that part of the line, General D. H. Hill, and I found several general officers of the enemy there with him. Among them were General Jackson, General Ripley and General C. S. Winder. I was received by them very properly and nothing occurred there to myself at all derogatory to my position as a general officer in our Army. In a very short time I was sent under escort on horseback to the rear on the Old cold Harbor road as far as General Lee's headquarters. There we were halted. I was sent with some other prisoners, the most of them wounded, among them Major Clitz. We were sent in an ambulance to General Lee's headquarters until he was communicated with. After that we were conducted to Richmond over the battle-field of Mechanicsville. On arriving in Richmond we were taken to the provost-marshal, General Winder, who sent me to the Spotswood House, a hotel there, where I remained until after the battles were all over.

Note. If you would like the full report let me know.

John D. Sullivan, St. Louis Mo.

John D. Sullivan was a member of the American Knights, he was a Jeweler opposite the Planter's Hotle.

Major-General Hooker, Willard's Hotel, has been placed in command of the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps.

Corinth Mississippi.

The Tishomingo Hotel is being used as a hospital the wounded will soon be taken to Camp Corral.

There were many sons in the war I will list just a few, there will be a report on these names of some kind. If you see a name and would like more information let me know.

Sons and Sons of prisoners of War.

Sons of Sipus Shelton
1. Will Shelton-twenty years.
Aronnatt Shelton-fourteen years.
James Jr. Shelton-seventeen years.
David Shelton-thirteen years.

2. Thomas Latham Wilkinson, fifteen years, resident of Poughkeepse New York-prisoner of war.
3. Charles Smith tweleve years, from Massachusetts adopted son of Lieutenant Squier, fifth regiment.
4. Zack Elliot son of Mrs. Elliot.
5. Charles E. Marshall son of General Humphrey Marshall.
6. Captain John Brown Jr. son of John Brown of Harper's Ferry fame.
7. Frank P. Blair Jr. son of Frank P. Blair.
8. Job Parsons son of Abraham Parsons of Tucker county Va.
9. William Bull son of Chales H. Breck son of Judge Breck of Richmond Ky.
10. James Kincaid sixteen son of James Kincaid bron in Fayette county.
11. Albert Berry Posey fifteen son of Richard B. Posey.
12. Captain Gordon Winslow son of Rev. Gordon Winslow.


1. H. E. Hezekoak.
2. John Jones.
3. Daniel Bacon.
4. Andrew Kirkpatrick.
5. Esterbrook's saloon.
6. R. P. League.
7. E. D. Warbass.
There were hundreds of young and old men and women and children that were arrested as spies. In the list below I will name a few. If you see a a name let me know.


1. Josiah E. Bailey, At old Capitol prison, arrested Feb. 1, 1862.

2. Francis A Dickens, At old Capitol prison.

3. Thomas Hatcock, At old Capitol prison arrested Feb. 13, 1862.

4. Mrs. A. L. McCarty, At old Capitol prison arrested Feb. 21, 1862.

5. Joseph Widmeyer, At old Captitol prison arrested Feb. 25, 1862.

6. Mrs. William H. Horris, At old Capitol prison.

7. Rev. Townsend McVeigh, At old Capitol prison.

8. M. T. (Mansfield) Walworth was arrested on Feb. 7, 1862, and held at the Old Capitol prison was still there in Feb. 15, 1862, He was discharged some time in April of 1862, after taking the oath of allegiance after taking the oath he was to leave Washington and go immediately to his home in Saratoga county New York, and to report to the honorable Reuben H. Walworth and was not to leave the county.

9. Warren Curtis was arrested in Virginia, February 13, 1862, by order of General F. J. Porter and committerd to the Old Capitol Prison. He was charged with being a spy. Having obtained a pass to cross the Potomac to visit relatives he made his way to the outer lines of the U. S. Army without trying to accomplish his pretended object. The said Warren Curtis remained in custody in the Old Capitol February 15, 1862, when in conformity with the order of the War Department of the preceding day he was transferred to the charge of that Department, released March 25, 1862.

10. Jose Maria Rivas did during the winter of 1861-62 and the spring of 1862 act as spy against the Federal troops in New Mexico-first for Colonel Baylor, then for General Sibley, and until caught as a spy and guide for Captain Coopwood, all of the Confederate forces. And the said Rivas did during the greater part of the time above mentioned continue to act as a spy and guide adversely to the Federal Government, to which he owed allegiance.

11. Miss Fannie Battle, aged nineteen years, of Davidson County, Tenn., arrested on the 7th day of April, A. D. . 1863, by order of Colonel Truesdail, chief of policed Nashville, and brought to Camp Chase on the 15th day of April, 1863, charged with being a spy, with smuggling goods and with getting a forged pass, I have the honor to report that the prisoners denies the all allegation of having been a spy but admits that she is a rebel and she had a forged pass. She further denies that she smuggling goods at the time she was arrested. There can be no doubt from the manner of the prisoner in replying to inquiries that she has been engaged in smuggling. The prisoner is affable and attractive and well qualified by a manners and mind to be influential for evil to the loyal cause. She is a daughter of the rebel General Battle. I recommend that she be exchanged and sent beyond our lines as soon as it may be convenient to our Government.

12. Daniel Hudson, Dec. 27, 1861.
13. William Jordan, Jan,13, 1862-Jan. 25, 1862.
14. Lawrence Mooney, Nov. 15, 1862.
15. William H. Nelson, Sept. 3, 1861.
16. Jackson Quigg, Sept. 27, 1862.
17. Dr. J. F. Tallant, Sept. 14, 1861.
18. Henry Vincent, Jan. 4, 1862-Feb. 1, 1862
19. William Woods, Sept. 9, 1862
20. Levi J. Wardlaw, Oct. 1861-Oct. 30, 1861.


1. In pursuance of instructions received from the major-genera commanding the Middle Military Division, the acting chief of cavalry directs that each of the three cavalry division haul fifty wagon-loads of rails from the farms of the following-named citizens:
James Gordan.
Buk Murphy.
Johnson Fars.
and unload them in the immediate vicinity of the Winchester Cemetery, for the purpose of fencing the same. The above-named parties live in the vicinity of the camps of the Second Cavalry Division, and have been guilty of harboring guerillas.

2. Captain Wilder is authorized to take possession of the farm of Jefferson Sinclair, an absentee disloyalist, and the buildings thereon. If the present occupant, Mr. William H. Lynch, will take the oath of allegiance and agree to pay quarterly in advance such rent as Captain Wilder may deem fair for twenty acres of the land and such portion of the dwelling as he needs, Mr. Wilder may allow him to do so; the same also of the Fayette Sinclair farm and its occupant, Mr. Charles L. Collier; the same of Messrs. Hicks and Bowen, on the Booker Jones farm; the same of the farms of Benjamin Hudgins, Eliza Jones, John and Helen Moore, Levin Winder, John Winder, William Smith, Robert Hudgins; the George Booker farm-not, however, disturbing the Howard family; the Lowry farm, the Watts farm, the farm of B. Howard, called the Stakes farm occupied by Mr. Host, and the Armstead farm, occupied by Hicks. The colored persons on these farms, if any, must come under Mr. Wilder's system of labor. The white tenants who will take he oath of allegiance and engage to pay rent as aforesaid are not to be expelled, but only to be limited to such portions of land and shelter as they require for their comfortable support, and are to be notified that any act of disorder or outrage will be visited with immediate removal as well as with legal penalties.

3. Report of Lieutenant William E. Chester, Johnson County Missouri Militia.
May 8, 1865.
I came to the farm of Philip Varner, where I found the guerrilla band of Jesse Hamlet. They were getting dinner; some were writing letters. I immediately ordered my men to charge. They fully obeyed my orders. The result was two rebels killed, named Stephenson and Herr. Hamlet was wounded, but made his escape. Stephenson was killed by Private William H. Brown, of the Johnston County Volunteer Militia; Herr was killed by Privates Reed, Mausehund, and Adams, of Captain Arnold's company. Near the house in the woods we caught a son of Varner's and intended to bring him to this place. When near the farm of a W. White he jumped from his horse and ran into the brush. The guard fired on him, but what the result was I do not know. I am confident he was a member of the band, as we found a shotgun, a musket barrel, and a French navy revolver that he said belonged to him. I ordered the citizens of the county to bury the dead bushwhackers.

4. William Patterson at the head of Cherokee Bayou, Randolph county Ark.
5. J. Harty's eight miles from Bloomfiels Ark.
6. Swan Freguson Callaway county Mo.


Anonymous said...

Dennis Segelquist,

One of the civil war spies you listed was Warren Curtis. I think this is my gggreat-grandfather. I was told he was a spy. Is there any more information about this man and what is your source that he was a spy?

Anonymous said...

Chris sorry for taking so long I just learned how to use this thing. No this is all I have on him. His info came from the Official Record of the Great Rebellion, which is housed at Ohio State University. About the only thing I can add is that he was arrested and sent to the Old Capitol prison in Washington D. C., he had been arrested spying; and prowing about Union camps.
Good Luck, Dennis.