Committee to Castle Thunder.
--The following parties, guilty of crimes against the Government
, have been arrested and committed to the castle to await trial by court-martial.
H. K. Stars
, a deserter from company D, Twenty eighth Alabama regiment.
The accused alleges that after he left his company and got into the enemy's lines he was compelled to enlist in their army to avoid imprisonment.
He was sent here from King
under escort of one of Captain W. C. Fleet's guard, and expresses a desire to rejoin his old command.
, a deserter from the United States navy.
wishes to take the oath of allegiance and to be put to work in one of our machine shops.
and Joseph Darner
, of this city, members of the Second regiment.
F. L. D, charged with deserting in the face of the enemy.
, and George Davenport
, of King
& Queen county, and Robert Davenport
and Alexander Davenport
, of Gloucester county
,--all free negroes — charged with aiming and counselling slaves to escape to the enemy.
Accompanying the papers with reference to these negroes sent by Captain W. C. Fleet, the enrolling officer for the First Congressional district, was an affidavit, numerously staned by citizens of King
setting forth that these negroes are desperate characters; that when arrested they denied positively the charges alleged against them; but subsequently not only confessed their guilt, but disclosed a plan which had been set on foot to facilitate the stampede of nearly every slave in that section.
Food, clothing and money had been collected, and a committee from among them was appointed to distribute and expend it to the best advantage.
The following parties were arrested and committed to Castle Thunder yesterday on the charge of attempting to go to the enemy;
, member of Arsenal battalion; D, O Donneli, company D, Second Virginia Reserves; Patrick Gant
, company A, Arsenal battalion; John Dovle
, company C, Nineteenth Virginia battalion; A Mehegan, Tredegar battalion; P. Farley
, company A. Second Virginia Reserves, and Francis Curran
, company C, Second Virginia Reserves.
All the above are residents of this city, some of whom have families here.