13 February 1864: “…he had spent the three nights previous to his arrest in the woods, evading Conscript officers.”

Item description: Report, dated 13 February 1864, of a man arrested for hiding from Confederate conscript officers, his parents forging his age, and his father being a Union sympathizer.


Item citation: From folder 22 in the George William Logan Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

State of Louisiana

Parish of Jackson

February 13th 1864

This is to certify that I did on the night of the 24th of January 1864 arrist a Conscript Elisha Lott Fortner, and have retained him as such for the following reasons.

On examination of the family record of ages, I was satisfied that a portion of the record had been mutillated.  The first part of the record showed age, but the figures, 1846, were made with a different colored ink, and very new.  The father afterwards admitted to me that he had retraced the figures 1846, because, he said, they were growing dim; but the ages of six other children were then recorded but, no change to them had been made.

A further cause for my refusing to release Elisha Lott, was from the fact that he stated after being arrested; that my catching him at home was a mere accident, for he had spent the three nights previous to his arrest in the woods, evading Conscript officers.

And further, Mr. Martin Fortner had been reported to me as a “Union Man,” and had reluctantly let his first son go in our army.  I asked him if he considered himself a loyal citizen of the Confederate States? He answered “I have always been a peace man.” I then refused to swear him to the age of his son Elisha Lott.

Respectfully submitted,

C. C. Davenport

Capt. Comdg.Detchmnt [?]

for 2nd La. Batt. Hvy. Arty.

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