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CHARLES SCHMIED SWORN.
Examined by Mr. FERRIS
Answer-My name is Charles Schmied; aged forty-six years; by occupation a farmer; reside in York township, Switzerland county; was born and raised in that county; have a wife and ten children. I was arrested at my home near midnight on the 5th of July, 1862, by a company of armed men, some of them claiming to be soldiers. From there I was taken in company with John E. Kilgore and William Scott, the other prisoners, to Warsaw, Kentucky, where we were placed in jail until the next day in the evening, when we were taken out, required to give bond and take the oath, or go to Camp Chase. I gave bond in the sum of one thousand dollars, and took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and that of Indiana, and was released. I inquired as to the charges against me, but ascertained nothing. Colonel Landrum ordered my release. A man called Ab. Flannagan, alias Vallandingham, was in command of the squad at my arrest. The commander of the squad, in answer to my demand, said he had authority therefor, but refused to show or read it to me. After our arrest, the commander of the squad ordered his men that if one of us made the least resistance, to shoot us; and some of the soldiers said they wished we would resist, as they would like to shoot the d- d dogs anyhow. We were released without examination or trial. I have no idea what I was arrested for, unless it was for being a Democrat.
Question by Mr. BAKER
Did any Indiana civil officers have any thing to do with your arrest?
Answer-Not that I know of.
Name those whom you know were engaged in your arrest, and their politics.
Answer-John Keith, James Howard, James Munn, Moses Carver, and others I do not remember-all claiming to be Republicans, I believe.
Question by Mr. FERRIS-
Landrum read a paper to me which asserted that I had said that I: intended to sell my potatoes to the South, and some thing else I should have said about the soldiers being d d rogues. I forget whether Landrum said it was sworn to. I never said I intended sell my potatoes to the rebels.
CHALES GOLDENBURG SWORN.
Examined by Mr. GIVEN
Answer—My name is Charles Goldenburg. I am fifty years of age; by occupation a mechanic; reside at Vevay, Switzerland county, Indiana; have resided there twenty-five years; and have a family-ra wife and three children.
I was arrested at Vevay, on or about the 5th of June last, by a file of two armed soldiers, one named Dickerson, the name of the other I do not know. They belonged to the Thirteenth Indiana Battery. I was taken to the Le-Clerc House, in Vevay, and delivered over to Lieutenant Hall of that battery. I asked no questions at the time of my arrest as to the cause for the same, for the reason that I had heard a similar demand made in another case and no satisfactory answer. I did not think it worth while to ask any questions of that sort. While at the hotel, it was announced to me that my wife was in the adjoining room and desired to see me. Lieutenant Hall replied that I could not leave the room, and if my wife wished to see me, the interview must be in the room in which I was confined. Lieutenant Hall remained present during the interview. After being so detained at the hotel for a short time, Lieutenant Hall ordered me to follow him, and I was taken and delivered over to William Mead, Sheriff of the county, and by him placed in the jail. At the time of my arrest I was a member of the Home Guard; my company was on drill that day, and hearing of my incarceration, headed by Captain Grirard, most of the company rushed to the jail, and protested against my incarceration. The door, for this reason, was not locked. An interview was then had between Lieutenant Hall and Grirard, the result of which was, I was virtually paroled until the arrival of the mail boat, about 5 o'clock, P. M., when I went aboard the boat, where I met Lieutenant Hall, and was then conveyed under guard to Louisville. There I was taken to the headquarters of Colonel Dent, Provost Marshal, and the guard reported to him the fact of my arrest. The Provost Marshal inquired what I had been arrested for, and the guard answered that I was brought there to find that out. Colonel Dent then stated that he had no charges against me whatever. The guard stated to him that I was a member of the Home Guards, to which the Provost Marshal replied, addressing me, “ Are you a member of the Indiana Home Guards?” Answering that I was, he said I had taken just as good an oath as he could administer to me; but advised me to go and report to General Boyle. I did report at Boyle's office, and was told to go home, which I did at my own expense. I never saw or heard of any warrant or charge whatever against me. Politically, I am a Democrat, and think for that reason I was arrested.
During the confinement of four of the Vevay prisoners, Kyle, Dufour, Zook, and McMackin, a petition, numerously signed by citizens of Vevay, asking for the speedy examination and trial of the men I have named, was forwarded to Governor Morton, who, so far as I have been able to ascertain, never noticed it in way of answer, nor have I ever neard of his attempting, in this matter, any measure for the protection of citizens of Indiana so'kidnapped and carried out of the State. I do not know by whose order I was arrested, if upon any; but Rev. E. W. Burrows, pastor of the M. E. Church at Vevay, and a Republican, in a conversation with me, at Vevay, subsequent to my arrest, cautioned me not to censure or blame any one in Vevay; that he had seen a letter addressed to Governor Morton, from James Robison of Kentucky, and by Morton returned to Vevay, accompanied with a slip or note from Morton himself; that the letter stated that there were certain individuals in Ghent and Vevay who ought to be arrested. Mr. Robinson, who wrote this letter, had resided for a short time at Vevay, and while there, had applied for license to retail liquor, and, as a witness, I testified as to his bad character, and for this, he, as I was informed, resolved upon having revenge upon me. Subsequently he ran away from the town, to avoid prosecution for retailing contrary to law.
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Question by Mr. GREGORY
Before you were arrested at Vevay, what had you said to some of the citizens of Vevay about the war, and the policy of the same?
Answer-I, from principle, opposed the war, in conversation, on the ground that a war could never restore the Union, and because I did not desire a dissolution of the Union. I never talked to soldiers upon the subject. After my arrest and release, I said of the Emancipation Proclamation, that it made the war an Abolition war; and I oppose the policy of that proclamation.
ARBITRARY ARRESTS IN DIFFERENT COUNTIES.
· RICHARD D. SLATER (DEARBORN COUNTY) SWORN.
Examined by Mr. HANNA
Answer—My name is Richard D. Slater; I am going on fiftyone years of age; by occupation a cooper; reside at York township, in Dearborn county, Indiana, and have resided in Dearborn county upward of twenty-five years.
On the day after the election, in October last, I was in Lawrenceburg, having gone there in company with a party of drafted men, to see them off to Indianapolis. I had been in the town only about one hour, when I was arrested by Captain David Cheek, of the regular service, who read to me a writ, purporting to have been issued by Colonel Rose, United States Marshal. Upon being so arrested, I desired the liberty of returning home, in order to change my clothing, and offered security in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, if he desired it, that I should meet him on the train the following morning. This he refused to do, and I was at once placed upon the train for Indianapolis, where we arrived that night. I was then, in custody, taken to the Post Office Building, and delivered over to Mr. Bigelow, Deputy United States Marshal. Afterward in the course of the evening, I was taken to a prison-room and locked up. The next day I was removed from that place to the room in which Dr. Horton and Mr. Reynolds were confined. I remained there some thing over four weeks. I never saw any affi-. davits that may have been filed against me, though I was informed that affidavits, charging me with me with discouraging enlistments, had been filed. Upon this information derived from my counsel, (Mr. Walpole,) I procured several affidavits, disproving the charge alluded to.
During my imprisonment, I frequently insisted upon a trial and examination. Rose stated to me that I had been arrested upon a