Civil War Statement
HEADQUARTERS, Fredericksburg, Va., May 7, 1861--4 p.m.
Statement of Mr. John T. Washington, of Hampstead P. O., King George County, Virginia.
That he was one of the patrol on last night, 6th instant, starting on duty about 10 p.m., with some six or seven others, and that upon his return home the following morning, about sunrise, he discovered that five of his negro men had packed up their clothing and absconded, and, from some tracks he discovered, thinks they moved in the direction of Fredericksburg.
Upon making inquiries he found that Mr. John Hill Stuart had missed two of his negro men, Dr. A. B. Hooe two of his, Mr. Custis Grymes two of his, Mr. H. M. Tennent two of his, Mr. Quisenberry one of his, Mr. John H. Washington two of his, and Mrs. Virginia Washington two of hers.
The above-named persons were all whom he had an opportunity of hearing from, and as they all had missed some of their negroes, he infers that his neighbors generally have suffered.
Mr. Washington also stated that the patrol visited seven estates upon the night of the 6th instant, and that upon six of the estates they saw but one negro man each and upon the other but two negro men.
JOHN T. WASHINGTON.
JOHN H. STUART.
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.