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Journal of George Henry Clay Rowe
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Fredericksburg, August 13, 1862
The evening I spent quietly at home. About half past nine o'clock, I went down into the dining room, with my wife, to get a bottle of champagne and some ice. Soon after we entered the room, my wife remarked that she heard someone on the front door steps. I replied that the noise probably proceeded from the footsteps of Mr Elder whom we had left up stairs, but scarcely had spoken before we were startled by a loud rap at the stoop door, which I instantly opened and to my astonishment found a Federal office(r) with drawn sword who informed me that I must walk to the front door. On returning to the hall I was met by Lieut Col Steadman of the U. S. Army, with a file of soldiers, who informed me that I was under arrest and a prisoner by order of the Secretary of War. My house, in the meantime, had been surrounded by a company of soldiers. My wife was horror - stricken at the scene, and commenced a terrible onslought of words upon the commanding officer. Perceiving at once that it would be necessary for me to leave, and desiring that my wife should have someone to stay with her during the night, I dispatched a servant for our friend and neighbor Miss Eliza Woodward, who in a few moments, was present, and added her objurgations to those of my wife. Remonstrating with both, I stepped up to my room, accompanied by the Lieut Col and a Lieutenant Murphy who politely requested me to hurry with changing my clothes, and to provide myself with a blanket. My toilet was soon completed and, signifying my readiness, we started upon the march for the Federal Headquarters established at the Farmer's Bank, followed and proceeded by about seventy - five soldiers. About two hundred yards from my house, we met another squad, who had my friend Wm H Norton in the same predicament as myself. Thus reinforced, we marched on, and in a few minutes reached our destination where we were ushered into the presence of the Colo. Kingsbury, the military Governor of the town, who informed us that we were to held as hostages for certain union men of the town and vicinity who had been imprisoned by order of the Confederate government. We also found Mr Lewis Wrenn present as a prisoner. Taking a seat resignedly (as Col Kingsbury had informed me we should be sent to Washington early in the morning), I began to reflect that there was some disposition of money and paper which it was necessary should be made before my departure and requested that I might be permitted to go to my office for a few minutes. The request was granted, but a corporal's guard was ordered to accompany me.

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