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The Daily Dispatch: May 16, 1862., [Electronic resource], A self Constituted Vigilance Committee in the hands of the law. (search)
ittee in the hands of the law. --In the Court of Sessions of Cumberland county, Pa., last week, Richard Oswald. A. J Kaufman, Jr., and Levickberty, all of Mechanicsburg, were found guilty of arresting and holding in confinement a men named John Kennedy. It appears that Mr. Alvey, a prominent lawyer of Hagerstown, Md., was arrested by military authority in June last, on a charge of disloyalty, and was brought to Mechanicsburg, enroute for Fort Lafayette. Kennedy, who claimed to be a Union mKennedy, who claimed to be a Union man, on seeing Mr. Alvey in custody, denounced his arrest as n outrage, whereupon, it is alleged, he was taken into custody by the defendants, who, after giving him a mock trial, released him Soon after he was again arrested by them, and an attempt was made to compel him to take the oath of allegiance. This he refused to do; and was finally released. The Carlisle (Pa) Volunteer says: The case created considerable interest, and a great many witnesses, as well as spectators, were in the co