Detection and arrest of a spy.
--He Has Copious Notes.
--A few days ago a man calling himself Russell
, and claiming to be a correspondent of a Richmond paper, and an officer in the army, was in Atlanta, Ga.
His conduct excited the suspicion of some, and he was placed for some time under arrest.
Nothing, however, appearing positively against him he was discharged and allowed to depart.
gives the following particulars of his career in that city, and his subsequent arrest:
He arrived on the evening of the 28th June and immediately introduced himself to several as G. M. Russell
C. S. A., associate editor
and special army correspondent of a Richmond paper.
He made himself known to several of the editorial fraternity by calling at their offices and introducing himself as the editor and correspondent of the paper, by which means he was courteously treated and allowed to look over the exchanges.
He frequently expressed his opinion of certain military movements and sometimes plausibly criticised the ability of certain of our Generals
— all done so shrewdly and with such a natural air as not to excite suspicion that a spy was among us. The day after he called at the store of W. F. Herring
& Co., and purchased a dashing Confederate uniform.
Rigged out in this new suit, he represented himself as a member of the lamented Stonewall Jackson
This dashing Major
(for such was the style of his new uniform) next made a hasty trip to. West Point
, as he said, for the purpose of renewing his acquaintance with some old friends, returning to Atlanta
the next day. After a day or two adjourning with us he was suspected and arrested, and his papers demanded.
Papers, however he had not, except passports from numerous Provost Marshals, which be had no doubt obtained by lying and impudence.
When arrested he voluntarily, and with perfect coolness, gave his parole to remain twenty four hours, till he could be identified by telegraph from his employers and friends in Richmond
At the end of the time no telegram had been received, and he gave himself up a prisoner, to be held till the desired information could be received.
His boldness, frankness, and cool self- possession were well calculated to deceive the most cautious.
After being held for some time, and no charges appearing against him, he was discharged, obtained passports, and left the city.
Subsequent to his departure dispatches from those whom he had represented to be his friends in Richmond
, disclaimed all knowledge of him. Our military authorities at once took steps to overhaul him, and (thanks to the magnetic telegraph) he was caught near Knoxville
He had in his possession a pocket instrument, and is doubtless the rascal who rendered the line on the East Tennessee
and Georgia Railroad such an enigma to its experienced operators a few days ago, and caused the people of this city to suppose the Yankees
were making another raid through East Tennessee
This same fellow introduced himself to Dr. Dennis
, in charge of the ambulance train from Tennessee
, as Major Seymour
of the regular army.
He is very intelligent, and had notes describing our tions position, strength, and resources in every military department.
Justice demands that he be swung up immediately.