Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
May 1863

Wheeling Intelligencer
May 15, 1863

How Major Darr’s Female Prisoners Were Disposed Of. – As is well known, the Provost Marshal within the past few months has received quite a number of female prisoners from different parts of the State, with the history of most of whom our readers have been made acquainted through these columns. Within the past two or three days most of the girls have been disposed of. Mary Jane Green, of Braxton, charged with destroying the Government telegraph, Miss Jennie DeHart, charged with being a spy, and Miss Margaret Murphy were sent beyond the Federal lines. Mary Summers, Elizabeth Hays, Marian McKenzie and Mary Jane Prater, all of whom were arrested in the uniform of soldiers, supposed to be common prostitutes, were taken into Pennsylvania, out of the reach of the camps and there dropped down to take care of themselves.

In addition to this, Major Darr stills holds the two Miss Copeland’s, daughters of Col. Copeland, who resides near Clarksburg. They are charged with carrying letters to the rebel army, and appear to be well educated and intelligent young ladies.

Ellen Conner and Harriet Stewart are also held in custody as spies. They were arrested a day or two since in Harrison county, as spies. Miss Conner states that she is no spy, and that at the time of her arrest she was hunting her lover, a member of the 6th Virginia Infantry, who had seduced and abandoned her.

Miss Stewart claims that she is a cousin to Miss Conner, and went with her in search of the lover aforesaid, for the purpose of keeping her company.

Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: May 1863

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