Hopper (J.C.) Papers, 1862-1866, 0 Items

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Abstract: Two large 8 x 12 closely written (in pencil) documents believed in Hoppers personal hand (or that of a company clerk under his command) recording eye-witness testimony as it was directly reported to him by those spies ! These are not later copies, but were done on-the-spot. Each about a page and a half in length, closely written; complete with spelling errors and omission of minor words. (No. 1) identified as a report of John Rexoud, May 17, 1862 and marked on docketing PRIVATE. Commences: John Rexoud left 16th early, went up alongpike, stopped four miles above Franklin at Sponagles, saw one woman theretold her I was secesh, etc[she] told me Rebel soldiers passed on Mondaythey said they had 13,000 were going to the Shenandoah Valleyhad 35 pieces of artywent next to Keys 1 mile further. Saw a woman there she told me about the same story, next to Widow Rexouds my cousintold me soldiers said they had 18,000 and were going to Shenandoah to be joined by 4,000 [and much more about the movements of arty, infy and cavlyas well as being spotted himself and being fired at by C.S. soldiers]came to a house saw two women and some girls who said there were some Bushwackers in the vicinity [with details and identification of their horses, as well as sneaking up and reporting overhearing some of them talking as well as six guerillas dressed like country people (No. 2) report by Adam Hinkle (who had evidently been paroled) who had gone with one of [our] scouts by way of Cub Bottom and over Jack Mtn. to near Montereyinforms us that Johnsons brigade about 4,000 [there] and 8,000 under Jackson at McDowellwith further details of C.S. movements Hull taken at his home and marched to MontereyJohnson wounded in the anklea light force there only as a guard for hdqtrs. His impression that Johnson will follow today or tomorrowcertain that no forces have gone either west or souththinks they intend sending force down South Fork / Harrisonburg Roadto cut off our trains[C.S. forces] were to obstruct the Circleville and Franklin Road but saw Federal troops and left. Thinks they will do so yet to prevent a force going to Montereythis was to have been done by the Dixies perhaps to keep our troops hunting them Normal aging; exc. ACCOMPANIED BY a large group of miscellaneous original Civil War printed general orders (all on the bold heading of the HEADQUARTERS MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT / WHEELING) circa 1862 including orders for Capt. Hopper to report to Court Martial duty; another allowing him to go on leave; another ordering him to report to Maj. Genl Fremont for duty; a printed and ink completed pass from Headquarters Dept. of Washington, D.C. 1863 allowing him to pass through the Hdqtrs. Guard; also, official War Dept. General Orders June, 1862 (52 pages) of current promotions including Hoppers as captain and order to report to Maj. Genl Fremont Cmdg. Mtn. Dept. (total 15 miscellaneous printed and penned official documents); plus the two spy reports. (Also photostat from 1866 official Report of the Operations of Genl Fremont in Mtn. Dept. in which special commendation is made by Fremont of Capt. Hopper.)

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