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The Daily Dispatch: August 17, 1863., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Habeas corpus. --On Saturday last the following free negroes — William and Sylvia Scott, Wm. T. and Margaret James, Wm. H. and Elizabeth James, Robert James, Edward George, Shadrack James, Robert and Georgianna Fagan, Billy James, Edward and Sarah Scott, Wm. Whiting, Henry Pleasants, Norman Harris, Parthena Holmes, Elizabeth Scott, Walthall James, Joseph R. Fagan, Mildred Fagan, Emily Bradley, Kesiah Fagan, Wm. E. Fagan, Mary W. Green, Marcellus James, and Hester Walker--27 in all — were before Judge Meredith on a writ of habeas corpus, alleging that they were illegally detained in custody. The warrant on which the parties were arrested named about thirty men; but the officers who executed it, believing that the women and children were equally guilty of aiding the enemy, took them into custody. After hearing the evidence, the Judge ordered the release of the women and children, but held the men for further examination next Wednesday, and directed the constables to proceed at on