This Will Little Avail Them

YANKEE SPIES. – Two Lincoln spies, giving the names of John Scully and Pryce Lewis, were arrested at the Monument Hotel on Friday last, and are now in prison.  The proof of their connection with the secret service of the enemy is most positive.  They were recognized on the street by a young lady, whose baggage they searched in Baltimore, while she was on her way to the South.  Suspecting that they were detective officers sent by the Yankee Government to Richmond, she communicated her suspicions to a young man, who gave information of the presence of the strangers at Gen. Winder’s office.  The officers in pay of our Government were immediately put upon the track, and discovered them in a private house.  Here the young man was introduced to their presence, much to the discomfort and chagrin of the guilty parties.  They became so much confused that they hastened away to the Hotel, leaving their overcoats behind.  They were followed, and captured by the detectives.  Both of them claim to be English subjects, and they are in reality native born Englishmen, and have claimed the protection of that Government.  But this will avail them little, since it is clearly shown, by evidence not prudent to detail in this place, that they are paid hirelings of the enemy.

— From the Richmond Enquirer, 4 March 1862.

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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