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Chapter 22: Webster and Scobell. a negro as a spy. a traitor Deserts from the army. future disposition as I should recommend. John Scobell came to me in this manner. One morning I wn to Richmond by way of Fredericksburg, while Scobell was to make his way to the rebel camp at Dumfns that had been made. It was arranged, that Scobell should be in the neighborhood of the hotel dund, a figure which he instantly recognized as Scobell's. He therefore went on until he came to the him from breaking out into loud laughter. Scobell informed Webster that he had already made arrike to see this man first, said Webster, when Scobell had concluded. Werry well; cum along of m visible from without. Come this way, said Scobell, in a low voice, taking Webster by the hand em. Mister Webster, you go up first, said Scobell, and I will follow you. Webster took hold ascertained. The President of the League, Scobell said, was about undertaking a trip to Washing[16 more...]
to do much good service, he resolved to return to Washington. He went to the office of the Secretary of War, and, obtaining a pass to Norfolk, he returned by that route, taking notes by the wayside, and arrived in Washington in due time. John Scobell remained in Leonardstown a few days after Webster's departure, mingling with the colored people of that locality, and posting himself upon several points that would be of benefit to him further on. The desire for freedom, and the expectation t, had now become universal among the colored men of the South. Although as yet debarred from taking up arms in defense of their rights, their efforts in behalf of the Northern troops were freely given when opportunity offered, and consequently, Scobell made hosts of friends among the black-skinned people, who advised him cheerfully and were profuse in their offers of assistance. During the time that he remained in Leonardstown Scobell made his home with an old negro who was an active member
d man. Now, if I knowed you was all right, Scobell continued, I might talk, but 'tain't smart to't you now? he queried. And if I am, said Scobell, what do you want? Light and Liberty, repas the landlady looking for us too? inquired Scobell. She knowed you was a comina, replied Uncloled, and were enjoying their needed rest. Scobell's errand was simply to take a stroll about th In the few words that passed between them Scobell had noticed that while the man's hair was a frivial topics until the meal was finished. Scobell, who temporarily acted as an attendant at thesence at the hotel. She accordingly sent for Scobell, and together they decided that he should carwould renew their journey after nightfall. Scobell immediately left the room, and as he entered gone a sufficient distance to render it safe, Scobell rose slowly from the ground and stealthily fo, and after a few minutes, to the surprise of Scobell, another individual made his appearance. Thi[19 more...]
ing to the Chickahominy. Mrs. Lawton and John Scobell had been for some weeks in Richmond, duringd fell from their saddles. At 'em! hissed Scobell, through his clenched teeth, as he plunged thance away. Lay low to your saddle! cried Scobell to his companion, and turn your horse as far nable to lessen the distance between them. Scobell several times ventured a look over his shouldumbling, fell heavily to the ground, throwing Scobell over his head and into the ditch. Scramblihe opposite direction, while the bullets from Scobell's weapon whistled in dangerously close proximity to his ears. Scobell, seeing that three of the pursuers were either dead or badly wounded, pas they came up, are you hurt? No, replied Scobell. What has become of your assailants? T answered Scobell. You are a brave fellow, Scobell, said the Captain of the squad, coming forwarn. Stuart's Cavalry. Mr. and Mrs. Lawton and Scobell soon afterwards returned to Washington, where[15 more...]
atives had been diligently at work in procuring what information that was possible of attainment, of the numbers of the enemy, and with such success that in March I was able to report the approximate strength of the rebel army at I 5,500 men, apportioned about as follows: Manassas, Centerville and vicinity,80,000 Brooks' Station, Dumfries, &c.,8,000 Leesburg,4,500. In the Shenandoah Valley,13,000 Total115,500 In gaining this important information, Timothy Webster, Pryce Lewis, John Scobell and a host of other efficient members of my force, some of whom have already been mentioned in these pages, deserve especial credit for their sleepless energy in prosecuting the work that had been assigned to them. On the 4th of April the forward movement was made, and the siege of Yorktown was begun. The result of this seige the student of history already knows, a simple detention of the Army of the Potomac, until the enemy could occupy and fortify Richmond. Here is where McClellan