Boyd, C. J.: Petition, Kentucky Counties
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1 The statement of John N. Clarkson, late Colonel in the Military forces of the State line of Virginia, under Command of Major General John B Floyd, in the matter of the petition of Layne and others to the General Assembly of Virginia.
In the month of December 1862, when the forces of the State line were in Western Virginia and on the borders of ^ the Kentucky State line, I was ordered by General Floyd to take command of the cavalry, in that organization, and proceed to the border counties of Kentucky, Floyd county among them, and harrass the enemy, and particularly to break up the "Home Guards" who under the orders of the commanding officers of the enemy, had been and were then committing great depredations upon the loyal citizens of both Virginia and Kentucky. These "Home Guards" were at that time and had been making raids on the border counties of Virginia and carrying off large numbers of ^ negroes, horses & cattle, destroying other property, killing and arresting and otherwise annoying the loyal citizens of the border counties of Virginia. My orders were to make such retalliations upon the people favoring this system and sympathising with the enemy, as would for the future, prevent this course and conduct, on the part of the enemy, and those who were sympathising with and aiding and abetting them. Acting under such orders from General Floyd, I entered the county of Floyd in Kentucky among others. I found that nearly the whole people