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Alan:

I think this might be the incident my great granddaddy was referring to. Let me quote from his letter, which was written for him to apply for a pension in May, 1919.

"Before Christmas 1864 there seemed to be some trouble in Major Otey's Co. one morning I was cooking my breakfast and i was ordered along with the rest of the Co. to fall in line to order clothing, when that was done, there was a Gard placed around us and was told we was under arest then we was sent to Richmond to Castle Thunder and we remained there about three weeks and there was no charges sent against us The Prison officers was mad because no charge came against us and told us we was discharged and we could go where we pleased and we went to Pickets Division Caurses Brigade under Robert E. Lee. My Captain name was Robert Knox of Richmond, Va on the fourth Friday in March 1865 we went in Battle and was defeated and all of my company was killed and captured but tree (think this should be three)besides my self. on Saturday we fell back to Five Forks and faught all day and we was defeated again and i still remained with that Division until the surrender at Apomatox Court House when Lee Surrendered . We all went home and later we was notified to report at Christiansburg Va. and I went and taken the oath of Allegiants." ( I have typed this like written.)

I doesn't say where this happened in this letter, nor does it refer to any Company.

On his application for pension, he shows he enlisted September, 1864, 45th Virginia, Colonel _____??, Captain Miller. He entered service Valley Virginia Woodstock.

Transferred to Picket division Courses Brigade.

I suppose since I have his pension application I should be happy with what I have, but I sure would like to know why he was arrested and get it straight where he was etc.

I appreciate all responses to my original inquiry and any help you all are giving me. I'm totally ignorant when it comes to military things.

So the time is right, do you know what those 8 were arrested for?

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