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Boyd, C. J.: Petition, Kentucky Counties

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2 to be, what are known as Union men. My troops were bush whacked and fired upon, by irregular bands on all and every occasion, where the nature of the country permitted it to be done, with any degree of impunity. Acting strictly under my instructions and orders, I punished the organized bands to the extent I could, and seized the property of the residents pointed out to me, as being sympathisers with the enemy, and recognized as the men disloyal to my country and state. Under these circumstances I seized the negroes and a portion of the cattle mentioned in the petition of the said Layne and others. I had no personal knowledge of these people or their character except from information furnished by the friends of our cause. I brought the negroes and a number of cattle and horses out with me and under instructions from General Floyd, turned them over to the Quarter Master of the Command, Whilst we were in camp after this expedition Mrs Honaker, accompanied by the Hon Mr. Elliot, M. C. from Kentucky, came to General Floyd to demand the negroes taken from her. General Floyd after an investigation of the matter and consultation with me, being satisfied by the representations of Mr Elliot and others, that Mrs Honaker, was true and loyal to us, returned to her, the negroes taken. At the same time General Floyd was informed by Mr Elliot that Layne, was a noted and notorious union man, that he had a son in the Federal Army, and ^ he (Elliott) agreed in the Justice of taking his property by our forces, and no