The recent Raid into Winchester.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
Being fully and correctly informed of the facts relative to the appearance of the negro troops that lately visited Winchester
, and also to the arrest and carrying off of several prominent Southern citizens therefrom, I feel disposed, with your permission, to correct the several erroneous statements made concerning those facts.
I have derived my information by letters, and also from citizens of Winchester
, who were there when the negroes were marched in, and also when the gentlemen referred to were arrested and carried off.
On the morning of Sunday, the 3d inst., about 300 negro infantry, commanded by white officers, marched into the town, remained there some two or three hours, molested no person or thing, and then marched out again, in the direction of Martinsburg
On Monday following a squad of Yankee cavalry entered the town and repaired to the residences of Rev. Dr. A. H. H. Boyd
, and P. Williams
and R. Y. Conrad
, Esqs., whom they arrested and carried off in the direction of Martinsburg
It is supposed that they have been taken as hostages for those Unionists
recently captured at Berkeley Springs
by Capt. O'Ferrall
There is one thing connected with the arrest of these gentlemen which should not be lost sight of, and which should command the attention of our Government, viz: Some two or three days previous to their arrest, two very prominent Unionists
paid a visit to Martinsburg
, and doubtless were instrumental in having these gentlemen arrested.
This, I understand, is the general opinion of the citizens of Winchester
You may rest assured Messrs Editors
, that the above is a correct and reliable account of the affair alluded to. G.