UNION AND CONFEDERATE
CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE
FROM JUNE 11, 1863, TO MARCH 31, 1864.--#45
PROVOST-MARSHAL'S OFFICE, Harrisonburg, March 30, 1864.
His Excellency Governor WILLIAM SMITH:
GOVERNOR: Under instructions from General J. D. Imboden, I
forward to you this morning the following prisoners: Aaron Bechtol, Jos.
S. Wheat (these men are members of the bogus Virginia Legislature, were
captured by Major O'Ferrall during a recent raid into Morgan County, W.
Va.), Robert Finn (this man is the Commonwealth's attorney for Morgan
County under the bogus government), S. M. Shrives (citizen of Morgan and
a member of the Union League of Western Virginia). Attention is called
to the order of General Imboden, inclosed within. You will please
receipt for them.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. R. NUNN, Lieutenant and Provost-Marshal.
Per W. S. ROHR, Sergeant.
The within-named parties sent to Castle Thunder.
HEADQUARTERS VALLEY DISTRICT,
March 29, 1864.
Lieutenant Nunn, provost marshal at Harrisonburg, will forward Bechtol
and Wheat, members of the bogus Legislature at Wheeling, and Finn, the
bogus Commonwealth's attorney of Morgan County, to Richmond to His
Excellency Governor Smith, as these men are guilty of treason against
the State. Shrives will be sent to Castle Thunder on the charge of
aiding and abetting the public enemy and being a member of a treasonable
organization known as the Union League. I earnestly request the
authorities at Richmond not to release these men without giving me the
opportunity of proving their offenses.