Captain Bailey Makes A Capture





The following report was of another capture, by Captain Bailey:







Headquarters, Middle Department,

8th Army Corps.

Baltimore, June 29, 1864.



Col. Woolley,

Provost Marshal.



Colonel.--I have the honor to report that Capt. Wm. Bailey

returned to this city this morning bringing three prisoners,

and their skiff. They were first seen near James Point, and

afterwards were taken on board the schooner "Thos. H.

Northern," Capt. Wells; from which schooner Bailey took them

along with Capt. Wells, and brought them to this office. I had

a conversation with each one separately and then confined

them.



George Hull stated that he was in the 9th Virginia Cavalry,

from which he deserted some three months since; that he has

been in the Confederacy since 1862; that he ran the blockade

into Virginia on the schooner "Sarah Elizabeth" from

Philadelphia, loaded with an assorted cargo, and landed in the

Rappahannock river; that he did not know he was going to run

the blockade when he started. A man named Edwards, commanded

the schooner.



Nicholas McKee states that he was a member of the Home Guards

in King and Queen County, Virginia. He went into the

Confederacy by the same vessel and at the same time with Hull,

but did not know she was to run the blockade when she started.

Neither Hull or McKee know who loaded the schooner; both deny

all knowledge of their destination when they left

Philadelphia.



Samuel Lewis was a member of the 9th Cavalry, Virginia. He

states that he ran the blockade about June or July, 1863. He

sailed from New York on a sloop with fifteen or twenty barrels

of whiskey on board. They anchored under Ragged Point,

Virginia, on the Potomac river, where they unloaded the

whiskey. For some reason the men on the sloop got frightened

and left him on the beach. He does not know the name of the

sloop nor the name of the Captain, nor any person on board,

and he, like the other two, did not know that the vessel

intended to run the blockade.



It seems strange that none of them knew their destination

when they shipped, and it also seems strange that after

sailing from New York to the Potomac river, Wells had not

learned the name of the vessel which he was on, or the names

of any of his companions. He states also that he was the man

sent ashore in Virginia, to do the business, but says he had

to do it as it was orders from his Captain.



I have sent two detectives to see the schooner on which they

were found, and to examine the cargo as it is discharged.



I am, Colonel,

Very respy. your obdt. servt.,

H. B. SMITH,

Lt. & Chief.





The following letter to Mr. Plyle, introducing me as Mr. Shaffer, was

the commencement of negotiations for the purchase of a lot of

Confederate bonds, which purchase was consummated in the following

November. For an account of which please refer to my report of the

arrest of Brewer and Pittman, November 24th.





Baltimore, June 30, 1864.



Mr. Plyle.



Sir.--I expect to go to Norfolk or Richmond to-day. I send my

partner, Mr. Shaffer, who will hand you this, to talk with you

about purchasing your bonds. He will answer as well as I in

the matter.



I will be back about July 10th.



Yours respy.,

SINCLAIR.



To Col. Plyle,

Franklin House.





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