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Boyd, C. J.: Petition, Kentucky Counties

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(4) Property of widow C. Hatcher of [blank] County Ky, taken from her by the forces of the Virginia State line in command of Col. Clarkson and under his supervision, and which has not been returned under the order of the Auditing

2 yoke of oxen $400 Bank notes or Silver 125.

Statement of property belonging to C. J. Boyd (a volunteer in the Confederate States army, and a prisoner in the hands of the enemy) which was taken in Floyd county Ky by the forces of the Virginia State line under the command of Col. Clarkson and under his supervision, in the month of December 1862, and which has not been restored to the owner under the order of the Auditing Board dated 23d day of April 1863.

1 Bay mare of the value of $500 in gold 3 yoke of work cattle at $200 600 " " 4 milch cows (Durhams) 400 " " [total] $1500 in gold

Cyrus J. Boyd states on oath that he went, under the order of the Auditing Board above referred to, to Glade Spring, Va, and identified his bay mare, which was in possession of a man acting as Quartermaster of the Va State line, named Thomas, as he remembers, and demanded the delivery of her. The Quartermaster promised to send the mare, and some other horses of Mr Lane which he also identified, on next day to Wytheville, where affiant could get possession of them. He sent other horses, not those of the affiant or of Mr Lane; and therefore at Wytheville he could not identify the horses delivered there. Affiant returned to Glade Spring to see Thomas again, but could not find the horses, nor could he obtain any satisfaction from him in regard to them. He did not find his cattle or his milch cows, and don't know and has not been able to ascertain what disposition was made of them by the officers in charge of the Va State line, its property and effects. In testimony that the foregoing statement is true the said C. J. Boyd has hereto signed his name the 16 January 1864 at the city afsd. C. J. Boyd

Sworn to and acknowledged before me in the city aforesaid the day and year last above written. Dan. B. Lucas N. P. for Richmond, Va."

[facing page] (5) The Statement of the honorable J. M. Elliott is in the words following, that is to say -

"H. R. Richmond, January 19th 1864. To the Virginia Auditing Board.

Gentlemen, I have been requested by James S. Layne, C. Hatcher & C. J. Boyd to State to you what I know in regard to the seizure of property by Col. Clarkson from James S. Layne & said C. Hatcher & Boyd, when he was in Kentucky in December 1862 as commander of a part of the Virginia State line troops.

In January 1863 Mrs N. Honaker came to Tazwell county where I was residing, and requested me to go with her to Genl Floyd's camp at Broad Ford in Smith county and assist her to get some negroes that she stated Col. Clarkson had seized while at her father's house in Floyd county, Kentucky. I went with her, and we found Col. Clarkson at Broad Ford, and upon my evidence of her loyalty and ownership of the negroes, Col. Clarkson gave her an order upon the man who had them in possession for them. They were three in number. Mrs Honaker received these negroes and took them home with her. While at Broad Ford I learned from Clarkson that he had seized and brought to Virginia some nine or ten negroes the property of C. Hatcher, James S. Layne and C. J. Boyd. His alleged grounds of seizure was the disloyalty of James S. Layne. I proved for Mr Layne that he was eighty odd years of age, had had nothing to do with the war, and had been quite liberal with Confederate Soldiers, and that he had been confined to his room most of his time with something like dropsy. I found Col. Clarkson determined to keep all the negroes but Mrs Honaker's. I also learned from him that he had taken, or his command had, Mr Layne's horses and cattle, but how many he did not state. I know Mr. Layne had a good many fine Durham cattle and some several good horses when I left Kentucky in January 1862. I learn that Messrs Layne, Hatcher & Boyd got all their Slaves but one, which they cannot find. I presented a petition in the name of Layne for the restoration of this property, accompanied with a Statement of my own. What Governor Letcher did I do not know. The taking of this property was without authority of law, and was a wanton outrage upon