Richmond Dispatch, 8/16/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/16/1862, p. 1, c. 5

Arrest of a Supposed Forger. For some time past forgeries have been known to be committed in the Paymaster's Department of the Confederate army in this city, the operators being so cute as to baffle every attempt to bring them to light, though the detectives of the Provost Marshal hammered away as usual to unearth the unknown depredator Yesterday a young man, named William Robertson, otherwise called Harlings, who is suspected of being one of the parties who committed the offences alluded to, was accosted on Broad street by Detective Polk, who, on desiring the young man to accompany him, was violently resisted. The contest continued for some moments, when Robertson, finding that the officer was getting the best of it, turned and fled in the direction of the Powhatan House. He was making remarkably good time, undismayed by two shots discharged in the rear at his person, and would probably have made good his escape had not an artisan been turning the corner of the Court-House with a piece of board on his back, which he had the presence of mind to convert into a barricade, by which the progress of the fugitive was arrested. Robertson was taken to Castle Godwin. The grounds of his arrest, save the suspicion mentioned above, we do not know.





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