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Ashby, Turner (1828-1862) to unknown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02461.01 Author/Creator: Ashby, Turner (1828-1862) Place Written: Camp Evans, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: November 7, 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: State inferred from content. General Ashby reports, "Mr. Duke who has been arrested as a spy and upon his own evidence has done acts that will establish beyond doubt his felony... He is a dangerous person..." A pencil note at the bottom of the page indicates that this letter refers to John H. Duke, a citizen of Sheperdstown, Jefferson County, Virginia (present-day West Virginia). One bust engraving of Ashby included as collateral.

People: Ashby, Turner, 1828-1862.
Duke, John H., fl. 1861.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Confederate States of America, Confederate General or Leader, Civil War, Military History, Spying, Law, Military Law, Crime, Prisoner Prisoner of War

Sub Era: The American Civil War