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deserters, by some cavalrymen detailed to look for deserters. The deserters and Goodson
resisted, and the deserters, it is said, fired upon the cavalrymen and wounded two of them,
and made their escape. Goodson was in the act of firing when he was shot by one of the
cavalrymen. Goodson was then taken by them to Franklin jail, and has been since de-
manded by Gen. Samuel Jones, by an order fiom him to Ca))t. Haimond. Under said
demand, two attempts have been made to take Goodson from the said jail ; but the jailor
would not surrender the keys of the jail; but on this day, February J'ith, an armed force
came and took from the jailor the key to the outside door, and not being able to get the
key to the door of the room in which Goodson wa« confined, they broke open the door and
took Goodson out, and have earned him off, the sheriff protesting against it. One of the
cavalry, whose name is not now recollected, has a certificate from under the hands of the
commonwealth's attorney, jailor and clerk of the court, showing that he arrested Goodson,
in order that he may get the reward offered by the governor. Goodson does not belong to
the army, and never has beeli in the army, so far as I know.

J. WADE, Jr.
Sheriff of franldin d/., Fa.



DOC. No. XXXIII.



GOVERNOR'S COMMUNICATION



TRANSMITTING



DOCUMEIffS FROM THE SECRETARY OF WAR.



186 3.



Doc. No. 33.



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., Mjirch 6, 1863.
(iciUlrmeii of the- Uotisc of Drleffales :

I lecoivod this morninpf I'roin llniiorablo Jaincs A. Seddon, f^ecntaiy of war,
a comiiiunio.atioii fraiiSTiiitfiiif^ a report from f Jeiicral Jones, in regard to the breakinjf of the
Frankliu jail, and forcibly taking therefrom Robert Goodson, a prisoner eharged with
felony. The prisoner has been ordered to be returned to the jail to await his trial.

Respectftilly,

JOHN LETCHER.



Doc. No. 33.



Confederate States of America,
War Dcpartmrnt, Richmond, Va., March 5, 1B63.
Sir:

Your k'ttov of jestorday Tias been replied to by my letter of this date.

The report of Gen. S. Jones was oaly received yesterday.

Very re-spectfallj',

Your obedient servant,



His Excellency John Letcher,

Governor of Virginia^



For Secretary of War:

J. A. CAMPBELL, A. S. IV.



s



Doc. No. 33.



Sir:



Confederate States of America,
JVar Department, Richmond, Va., Marah 5, 1863,



Your attention is respectfully callct! to tlie enclosed copy of Maj. Gen. Jones'
report in relation to charges made against bis command ; and you are informed that he has
been directed to return Robert Goodson to the custoiiy of the civil authorities, and to bring
Captain Harman to trial for his misconduct.

Very respectfully.

Your obedient servant,



His Ercdlency John Letcher,

Governor of Virginia.



J. A. CAMPBELL,

Ass't Sec'y of Wat.



Doc. No. 33.



Head Quartf.rs Department "Western VmciNiA,
Dublin Depot, February 28, 1863. ^
Sir:

I Lave the liouov to iuknowlcdge tbe receipt of Governor Letcher's letter of
the 18th instant, onclosiug copies of letters from Juilge Wingfifld and Hugh Ntjson, Es-
quire, with the endorsement of the assistant secretiuy of war, calling for a report in relation
to th(* acts complained of in the communication enclosed.

In obedience to this order, I would resjieetfully state, that on the 3d instant I received a
report from Captain Wm. H. Harman, commanding a cavalry company, of the wounding
of two of his men by a body of arnwd deserters, in the house, and under the leadership of
Robert Goodson, who was represented to be a notorious villain, setting the Vithoritics at
defiance. Captain Harman further reported, that in the fight Goodson was himself woundea,
and was at that time " lodged in the Franklin jail, awaiting your (my) orders." From this
statement, I ju'esumed that Goodson had only been put in jail for safe keeping until my
wishes could be known, and did not once suppose that he had been regularly turned ovtr
to the civil authorities. I accordingly on the 4th instant directed my assistant adjutant
general. Major Myers, to write Captaiu Harman a note (copy enclosed marked A), in-
forming him that I desired to have the prisoner brought in irons to this place. By reference
to this letter, it will appear that no orderis given in regard to the jail, and not the slightest
intiniation of any lesistance being contemplated by civil authorities, who, I presumed from
Captain Harman's statement, were acting in concert with him. Goodson was accordingly
brought to this point under guard, and conunitted to the custody of the provost marshal.
I received no further report from CapLiin Harman, and for the first time leanied to-day the
eircumstances attending the taking of tbi; prisoner from the jail, from the communicationB
forwarded from your (.iflfice.

On tbe 28th January I had addressed a letter to the adjutant general, asking instmctiona
in regard to such cases, and determined to keep Goodson in custody until I could hear the
decision of the department. That decision was communicated to me in a letter from your-
self, of date February (ith, directing, in substance, that such cases could not be tried before
the military courts, but must be turned over to the civil authorities for e.vaniination and
commitment, to answer in the C. S. district court. I accordingly sent for rogram, one of
the men who was wounded bj- Goodson, that he might give his evidence in the case. Pe-
gram ap[)eared on tjje 14th instant, and being still very unwell, his affidavit wa.s taken, and
he sent home. On the same day I left Dublin for Kichmoud, and a day or two after my
arrival at the latter place, I received a letter from Major Stringfellow, my assistant adjutant
general, stating that he had been informed (liaving just returned from temporary absence)
that my orders were to have Goodson sent to Richmond ; that he had delayed carrying
them out, because the ofieiue being cognizable by the civil authorities, the prisoner must be
■(ixamined, and committed as the civil Ibrms of procedure required. To this letter I imm©-
diately replied that such was my wish, and directed that Goodson should be turned over to
the civil authorities.

Accordingly, on the 21 st instant orders were issued by Major Stringfellow to the provost
marshal (cojjy enclosed marked Ji), directing him to procure the evidence in the case, and
carry Goodson befbrc a magistrate for examination — at the same time giving him the certi-
ficate of the clerk of Franklin county, that Goodson was already a fugitive from justice;
whidi certificate was not received until the 14th instant, Laving been sent with the witness



8 Doc. No. 33.

Pegram. The provost marshal was verbally instructed to have Goodson examined for com-
mitment on two charges : one, an offence against the laws of the Confederate States, in har-
boring deserters, and the other against the law of Virginia, founded on the certificate above
refen'ed to.

In the order of the 21st instant, which was hurriedly written, the fact that the offence was
committed in Franklin county, was overlooked, and on the 23d instant another order was
iss«ed (copy enclosed marked C), directing the provost marshal to send Goodson to Franklin
county, for examination by a magistrate of that county. This was done ; and I presume
that Goodson is now in the county jail at Franklin. The men sent as guard not having
yet returned, and no report having been made, I cannot speak positively on the subject.

Here my connectioTi with this case ceased; and whilst I very much regret that such
lawless acts as those very justly complained of by the governor of Virginia have been
perpetrated by Confederate States troops under my conunand, I think it will be sufficiently
apparent that such acts were not done by niy order, or with my knowledge or consent. In
adminibteriug^he military affairs of this department, conflict with the civil authorities has
ever been carefully avoided ; and that such conflict did occur in this case, I have, I repeat,
first learned through the papers, in answer to which this statement is made.

The perpetrators of this outrage are still under my command ; but as the case has been
brought before the department by so high an official as the governor of Virginia, I shall
await your instructions whether they shall be tried by the civil authorities, or be proceeded
against before tlic military court. They are amenable to both jurisdictions for flagrant
offences, whether against the laws of the state, or tl^t good order and military discipline so
necessary for the success of our arms.

With great respect and esteem,

Your obedient servant,

(Signed) SAM'L JONES,

Major General.

Hon. J. A. Seddon, Sec. of War.



DOC. No. XXXIV.



REPORT



OF THE



SELECT COMMITTEE



ON THE SUBJECT OF



IRAiSPORTATiO!! OF PRIVATE FREIGHT



ON THE



SEVERAL RAIL ROADS,



&c;. &c. &c.



Doo. No. 34.



REPORT



The select committeo, to Avhom was assignod the Jiity of ciiquiriiig whetlicr tho cxclnsivo
control exercisfd by tho confederate government over the transportation upon the rail roads
in the state, might not be so regulated as to afford a larger accommodation than now exists
for the carrying of commodities for private use, beg leave to report, that they have had the
subject under consideration, and that in order to procure tho requisite iTiformation, they
caused the proper officers of the leading lines of railways in tHe state to appear, and be ex-
amined before them. In this examination, the following facts were elicited:

The confederate government has claimed a priority of right to all the means of transpor-
tation employed by the companies. The requisitions upon nt\irly all the rail roads, for go-
vernment service, have been heavy and continuous, and have reduced to very nan'ow limits
the facilities for freights on private account. It did not appear, that in exercising this right
of priority, anj' mismanagement or waste of the means of transportation had occurred, ex-
cept in occasional instances, and these arose from tho ignorance or improvidence of military
officers in issuing orders. No attempt had been made by the confederate authorities to take
from the proper executive officers the superintendence and manag<>ment of the service upon
the roads ; nor did it appear that any larger demand for transportation was made than was
needful for prop(>r military uses. The evidence necessary to exhibit an abuse of power in
this regard, can only be obtained from those confederate officials who have the right to
withhold it.

It appeared that a serious interference with the means of transportation belonf^iii"- to se-
veral of the companies, had been caused by the acts of confederate officers during the past
twoJVc months, which did not seem justified by any apparent military exigency, and calls
therelbre for a timely and etf(!ctual remedy. Nearly one half of the burden cars of the Rich-
mond and Danville road have been taken out of the state, upon the requisition of confede-
rate officers, and no return made of them to the company. The company, after suflVring
the loss of their use for several months, has made a laborious search for thera, which resulted
in finding many of them scattered on different and distant roads out of the state, in most
instances badly worn, and in some entirely ruined. The superintendent of thiJ company
stated, that if these injuries to its means of transportation had not occurred, that comjiany
could have afforded accommodation for all the private freights seeking carriage upon its
road. Similar injuries have been intlicted upon other companies, not .so great in degree,
but sufficient to embarrass seriously their means of transportation. These; injuries appeared
to flow from an abuse of power, and a lack of accountaliility on the part of confederate
offic^Ms; and as they tend to reduce to still narrower limits the means of transportation, al-
ready insufficient for the absolute needs of the people of this commonwealth, a prompt and
effectual coiTective should lie applied.



Information was obtained WgBt another topic, which the committee deemed wortJiy of
attenti<m. vf

For the period of a year pa.st, orders Iiavo been in force along the line of tho Virginia
and Tennessee road, prohibiting the transportation, on private account, of meat, flour and



4 Doc, No. 34.

other subsistence. It was stated that bacon could be bought in large quantities along this
line, at fifty cents per pound, and that its transportation by rail to Richmond would cost
about a cent and a quarter per pound. Prohibitory orders, of a like kind, have been en-
forced upon several other of the leading lines. It is obvious that these severe restrictions,
if continued, must inflict great distress upon the people of Virginia. Such an exercise of
power, were it legal, which is not conceded, can only be justified by the sternest demands
of military necessity ; anti this necessity should be predicated upon an accurate statistical
knowledge of the amount of food produced in the various districts of the state thus em-
bai'goed. The people of Virginia will patiently bear all those burdens in the present strug-
gle, which are inevitable ; the measure of those burdens must be heavy, because of the pre-
sence of large contending armies upon herj»boil ; but their representatives have a right to
expect, at the hands of the confederate authorities, that the latter will use a watchful care in
providing against the imposition of any other burdens, either in kind or degree, than are
inevitable.

The committee recommend to the house the passage of the following resolutions, being of
the opinion that such an expression by the house may stimulate the confederate oflScers Avho
have authority in the premises, to apply all the needful correctives for the injuries recited
herein, so far as this may be done consistently with the demands of the military service :

1. Resolved, that this house, while avowing it to be the hearty purpose of the people of
Virginia to dedicate all their resources in aid of the confederate government in a vigorous
prosecution of the existing war, is constrained to believe, that through the improvidence of
military officers and other agents of said government, an unnecessary waste and loss have
been caused to the means of transportation belonging to several of the leading lines of rail-
way in the state, in the manner shown in the report of a committee of this house: and inas-
much as such injuries greatly enhance the privations and burdens of the people of Virginia,
this house appeals to the proper confederate authorities to apply a prompt and effectual cor-
rective in the premises.

2. That while this house does not concede the right of the confederate authorities, with-
out having obtained proper legislative sanctions defining and regulating the exercise of
such power, to enforce the orders herein before mentioned, appeals to those authorities to
make early tmd careful enquiry, in order .to ascertain whether some relaxation may not be
made in the existing orders, which prohibit the transportation and commercial interchange
of meat and breadstuflfs for private use, along the lines of the leading railways in this state.

3. That the governor of this commonwealth is requested to communicate a copy of these
resolutions, and of the report of said committee, to the president and the secretary of war
of the Confederate States.



DOC. No. XXXV.



ROSTER OF OFFICERS



OF THE



VIRGINIA STATE LINE.



1863.



Doc. No. 35.



^ HD. QRS. VIKOINIA STATE LINK,

XrcAR Sai.tvim.e, Va., F( 1i. CS, :80:i
Sir .

By direction of Maj. Gcu. Floyd, 1 liave the lionm- lo call your attonfion to tiie
<'Uflosed roster or register of the officers of the Virginia state line, showing the duty to
which each oflioor is assig'ned, and exhibiting the manner in which the eoTiuiiand hua teen
organized.

A register of this kind has been is^jued from the ofiice of the adjutant geinval of Virginia,
but it is <|Uite inaccurate, uud calculated (though uiiinteiiiluually) to convey orrontous ideas
of the organization of the command.

It is lioped that the inforinati<Mi tlius transmitted may correct any erruiirous impreBt-loJis
that may have been produced; and the general most respect Adly desires tliat it may he
*Mmnmnicat<^d through you to your honorable committee.

T have the hoiuu' to be,

Most respectfully,

Your ob't senant,

T. E DAVIS,
A. A. Gen. f'irginia Slnti Liut.
HotwraHle Chairman Military Committee

of the House of Delegates, Richmond, Va.



Doc. No. 35.



Roster of ojiccrs of the Virginia state line, on duty 2Sth February 1863.

COMMAND AND STAFF.

John B. Flt)yd, - - - - Major General commanding.

T. E. Davis, . * . Captain and Assistant Adjutant General.

Frod'k S. Daniel, - - - 1st Lieutenant and Aid de Camp.

Leslie Mosby, ... Do. do.

Staff officers stationed at post at Wytheville, Virginia.

Wm. P. Floyd, ... Surgeon and Medical Director.

A. F. Robertson, ... Major and Inspector General.

.Jno. B. Robertson, ... Captain, Chief of Ordnance.

Cbas. W. "\'enab]e, - - - Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

Wm. A. Dunbar, ... Assistant Surgeon.

John K. Johnson, ... - Major and Quartermaster, stationed at

Glade Spring. .

R. B. Wortham, - - - Captain, on ordnance duty, stationed at

Saltville.
Alex. H. Grraver, - - - 2d Lieutenant, on ordnance duty, sta-

• • tioned at Tazewell C. H.

F. L. Harman, - • . - 1st Lieutenant, on Q. M. duty, Head

Quarters Virginia state line.
T. M. Hagcnnan, - - - 2d Lieutenant and Provost Marshal. •

First brigade, temporarily organized February 4th, 1863, composed of the 1st, 2d

and 4th regiments.

COM.MAND AND STAFF.

R. C. W. Radford, - - - Colonel 1st reg't, commanding brigade.

M. B. Laughome, - - - 2d Lieutenant, Acting Asst. Adjt. Gen'l.

M. Woods. - - - 1st Lieutenant, Acting Aid de Camp.

Officers of Isl regiment, encamped near Saltville.

R. C. W. Radford, ... Colonel commanding 1st brigade.

H. M. Bt'ckley, ... Lieut. Colonel commanding regiment.

Jas. A. Nighbert, - . - Major.

Louis Lechcnet, ... Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

John H. Etter, . . . 1st Lieutenant, Adjutant.

George W. Taylor, - - - Cajttain company A.

Daniel Elkins, - - . Do. " B.

Wm. Chafin, - . - Do. " C.

Wm. T. Butcher, - - - Do. " D.

Wm. A. Dempsey, ... Do. " E.

Geo. W. Hackworth, - . Do. " F.

John Ruudcll, - - . Do. " G.



Doc. No. 35.



Officers of 1st regiment — Continued.



Benj. H. Justice,
John Buchanan,
Rdbt. M. Lawson,
B. L. Woodson,

T. E. WaUer,
Eansom Lovins,
M. J. Hopkins,
J. H. AUen,
M. S. Ballard,
James Meade,
John Chafin,
Is(aac Garten,
J. R. Chapman,
Wm. Buisden,
John S. Buisden,
Van E. Sanford,
D. C. Lovett,
Thos. Jackson,
John Chapman,
Henry Blankenship,
Thos Justice,
James Allicon,
Wm. M. Terrell,
Loyd Ellis,
G. M. Kent,



Captain company H.

Do. " I.

Do. " K.

Captain, assigned as acting Major of the

regiment.
]st Lieutenant company A.



2d
1st
2d
2d«
1st
2d
1st
2d
1st
2d
1st
2d
1st
•2d
1st
2d
1st
2d
1st



A.

B.

B.

B.

C.

C

D.

D.

E.

E.

F.

F.

G.

G.

H.

H.

I."

I.

K.



1st Lieutenant, assigned to duty as drill
master of regiment.



Officers of 2d regiment, encamped near Saltville.



Wm. E. Peters,
Jas. Harrison,
Martin V. Ball,
J. T. Spencer,
H. M. Bogle,

D. I. Gillespie,
Simeon Hunt,

E. K. Counts,
J. C. Harrison,
Wm. C. WiHiams,
Wm. R. Lee,
John B. Goff,

J. B. Oooke,
Matt. Harrison,
Julius Williamson,
Wm. S. Chandler,
Wm. Kindrick,
Joseph Boyd,
J. C. Gillespie,
Whilley Thomas,
John S. RatUffe,



Colonel commanding regiment.

Lieutenant Colonel.

Major.

Surgeon.

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster,

1st Lieutenant and Adjutant.

Captain company A.



Do.


B.


Do.


C.


Do.


D.


Do.


E.


Do.


F.


Do.


' G.


Do.


H.


Do.


I.


Do.


K.



1st Lieutenant company A.
2d " " A.

1st " " C.

2d " " C.

Ist " " D.



Doc. No. 35.



Officers of 2d regiment — Continued.



Meshack RatliflFe,
Connoly Blankenship,
Hiram Justice,
John B. Williamson,
Harrison Dickins, •
Anderson Hatfield, -
Thos. Cartwrig'ht,
Chas. 8. Canterbury,
Meredith Burchell, -
James Hoys,
H. Williunison,
Thos. E. Mars,
Joel B. StoUings, i
A. J. Dolan,



2d Lieutenant company D.



1st

2d

1st

2d

1st

2d

2d

1st

2d

Ist

2d

1st

2d



E.

R

P.

F..

G.

G.

G.

H.

H.

I.

I.

K.

K.



Officers of Qd regiment, stationed near Lewisburg, Virginia.



John M. Clarkson, -

Thos. B. Swauu,

P. G. Breckenridge,

Alexander Clendinen,

Floyd G. Rocke, -

Runnels Davis,

Geo. Downs,

John Springs,

John Righter,

Jos; R. Kessler,

Geo. Dn.'ikj',

Henry D. Ruffin, -

Wm. P. O'Brien, -

Matthew B. Perrin,

Edward Norn's,

John llenchin,

Lewis Logue,

Sani'l Gineus,
Robt. Morton,'
John J. Williams, -

Ezekiel Martin,
John Anderson,
J. C. Keister,
J. W. Reeder,
Wni. M. Hostettcr, -
Jas. W. Itall,
C. W. Minter,
Jolm Holmes,
Wni. H. Justice,
Henry G. Sampson,
Marcellus J. West,
Jeremiah B. Howell,
Jau>er W. Johnson,
Wm. Norris, . -



Colonel commanding.

Lieutenant Colonel

Major.

Surgeon.

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

1st Lieutenant and A(\jutant.

Captain company A.



Do.


B.




Do.


C.




Do.


D.




Do. "


E. '




Do.


F.




Do. , "


G.




Do.


H.




Do.


I.




1st Lieutenant


company A.


2d


"


A.


1st


"


B.


2d


"


B.


2d ..
Ist


K


B.
C.


2d


"


C.


Ist


It


D.


2d


"


D.


2d


"


D.


Ist


"


£.


2d


II


E.


Ist


<•


P.


2d


"


F.


1st


•'


G.


2d


<l


G.


Ist


'<


H.


2d


"


H.


Ist


'<


I.



Doc. No. 35.



Officers of Ath regiment, stationed near Saltville.



D. S. Hounshell,
Wm. A. Jackson,
John T. Kadford, -
K. A. Thompson,

P. S. Hancock,
P. M. Carpenter,
Wm. J. Paseley,
John P. Chase,

E. Young,
John E. Love,
S. P. Halsey,
Wni. P. Hinsley,
J. M. Barnes,
Frank S. Findley, -
Geo. E. Stames,
John Love,

D. T. Angell,

Isaac I'iuseley,

M. V. B. Norman, - •

Henry Hanks,

J. M. Hillman,

N. iSlcLaughlin,

K. J Lemons,

J. A. Prett,

Adui.so^^ Griffith,

H. iiagau,

Geo. K. Appleby,

W. U. McGune,

Jasiuii M. SShipp,

Will, .^dkins,

R, Liackwood,

Jas. F. Harrison,

Wni. M. Barnes,

G. C Greenway,

J r. Kendrick,

Leiuy Lyon, (resigned),

Tiiuuipsun Greear, -

Fred'k H. Harris,



David Edmondson,
C. H Preston,
J. r. Alvey,
L. D. Chambers,
J. W. 8ykes,
W. L. Ro.^e,
Wm. Fulton, •
Mel nil B Lawson,



Colonel


commanding.




Lieutenant Colonel.




Major.








Captain


and Assistant Quartermaster


Assistant Surgeon.




Captain


company A.




' Do.




B.




Do.




C.




Do.




D.




Do.




E.




Do.




F.




Do.




G.




Do.




' H.




Do.




I.




Do.




K.




1st Lieutenant company A.


2d


11


"


A.


2d




"


A.


1st




" \


B. /


2d




• i<


B.


1st




(I


C.


2d




<<


O.


1st




"


D.


2d




<i


D.


1st




"


E.


2d




"


E.


Ist




"


F.


2d




M


F.


3d




"


F.


1st •




"


G.


2d




11 '


G.


1st




<<


H.


2d




"


H.


1st




II


I.


2d




"


I.


1st




"


K.


2d




"


K.



1st Lieutenant, assigned to duty as drill
master of regiment.



Officers of "Sth regiment.



Lieutenant Colonel commanding.

Major.

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

Captain company A.

Do. " B.

Do. " C.

Do. " D.

Do. " E.



Doc. No. 35.



Officers of 5th regiment — Continued.



Wm. N. Heudersun,
T. A. Gillespie,
Chas. A. Bulks,
P. K. McCoiuas,
Sinipsou Ellis,
Jobu 1\. Jliillius,
Wm. F. KatlitY,
I£. P. Kendrick,
JuLn Flemniing-,
Alfred P. Elliu^'.
J. F.^Stuart,
D. Boiling, ,
J. Gosling,
Thos. McCoy,
Wm. C'arterbenj,
Geo. T. McCuue, -
Jackson Moof-,
J. M. iSoaith,
.1. S. Dodd. * -



Captain company F.

Do. . " G.

Do. '• H.

Do. •• I.

1st Lieutenant company A.



2d

J St

yd
l.st
•2d
Jst
'2d
Lst
•2d
].st
•2d
•2d
1st
•2d



A.

B.

B.

C.

C.

D.

D.

E.

E.

F.

F.

II.

I.

1.



A rtillcnj hattalmi) .



Thos. E. Jackson,
K. A. Eicbaidson..
R. A. Blaiu,
Jas. A. August,
p. W. Semmcs,
Jas. M. Oliver,
John T. Levi,
V. M. Johnson.
John W. Barr,



Jliijor commanding.
Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.
1st Lieutenant and Adjutant.



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