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    John D. Imboden Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Arrest of His Brother. Three pages of a bifolium, 7.5" x 12.5", Shenandoah Mountain; December 26, 1862. Addressed to Col. Henry B. Davidson while Imboden was a colonel with the 1st Virginia Partisan Rangers, later known as the 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry. In this letter Imboden informs Davidson that his brother, presumably George W. Imboden, has been arrested despite carrying dispatches addressed to Davidson. Imboden then demands the men responsible be punished accordingly. He writes he will be arriving the next day to ensure this order is carried out. It reads in part:

    "...I started these guns to Staunton with my own team & drivers, sending the ammunition in a wagon, & putting the whole under the charge of my brother, a youth of 18 of remarkably quiet & orderly deportment, giving him a letter to be handed to you on delivering the guns at Staunton. He returned last night and reported that after seeing the guns taken to the proper place near the R.R. deport in Staunton, he put his horse away & started to your office to deliver his dispatch, when he was immediately arrested by a drunken Provost guard on the streets, to whom he immediately made known his kinship, and asked to be escorted to your Hd.quarters. This was refused him and he was carried to the office of the Provost Marshal, where the officer was informed of his arrest and that he had a dispatch for you and wished to see you. To this the officer replied ordering the guard – "put him in the Guard house God damn him. Such are the Colonel's orders-" Where he was immediately carried to the guard house and confirmed with a motley crew of negroes, vagabonds, and drunken soldiers, and kept there until...he was so fortunate as to find a man to carry his dispatch to you & was soon afterwards released...I will not submit to such outrages upon respectable faithful and orders by soldiers under my Commanded who were sent to Staunton on legitimate business, and at your request. I shall go to Staunton tomorrow...to document the punishment of these offenders against decency and right....to request that you ascertain immediately the names of the officers and men of the Provost guard who were on duty...I will have this outrage upon my men adequately punished, if I have to lay the evidence of the wronged parties before the Sec. of War myself..." Signed, "J. D. Imboden Col / Comdg." From the Military Archive of CSA General Henry B. Davidson.

    Condition: Lightly rubbed and toned from age. Intermittent smudging that does not affect legibility. Minor edgewear to bottom margin. Archival tape on minimal tears.


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