4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 13, 2022 11:46 AM by Susan Hines

    Seeking information about John Hodson

    Susan Hines Wayfarer

      My ancestor John William Hodson was captured at Cedar Creek (VA) in October of 1864. A civilian, aged 15 or 16, he was imprisoned on the charge "Dangerous Character." I see he was transferred to Harpers Ferry in November, and died in the "post hospital" in February of 1865.  I find references, to J W Hodson in the Union Provost Marshals' File Of Paper Relating To Individual Civilians but these seem to be stubs and I cannot track them down. Can you help? The family does not know where he is buried or if the family, who lived in Frederick Co. VA, was informed of his death and allowed to collect the body. What does "dangerous character" mean?

        • Re: Seeking information about John Hodson
          Elliot Schneider Guide



          I also did note that the closeness in last name variations they may have used Hudson as well. That maybe why you have not found anything either. Remember people in those days were for the most part illiterate and could not read. So it may have been easier to write Hudson then Hodson.


          Here is a picture I found of a John W. Hodson born 1847-1865 but from New York


          Loss of Constitution


          John W. Hudson



          Do you have any additional information perhaps where he was born and if he was married? I did find this please follow the link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15383913/william-hadson


          Here is another John Hodson without the middle initial



          Name:John Hodson
          Death Date:6 Aug 1864
          Interment Date:6 Aug 1864
          Interment Place:Virginia, USA
          Cemetery Address:Cemetery Road At Marshall Avenue Hampton , VA 23669
          Cemetery:Hampton National Cemetery
          Plot:Section B Site 4675
          Notes:Us Army
            • Re: Seeking information about John Hodson
              Susan Hines Wayfarer

              Thank you for your efforts Elliot. I think it highly unlikely that the suggested individuals are the John W. Hodson I seek. You are certainly correct that Hodson becomes Hudson as well as Hodgson, and etc. Good point. I was probably a little unclear. Family lore says that after John W Hodson's father's death (Charles William Hodson 1825-1863), John ran off to join the army, never returned and was presumed dead. However, in the Prisoner of War Records, I found this record of his capture as a civilian at Cedar Creek on October 10, 1864. The record further states "confined here" with a date of Nov. 8, 1864 (I believe the "here" is Harpers Ferry based on the remarks) and under the  "Release" column the statement, "Died he did." The remarks say he died in the "Post Hospital" on Feb. 27, 1865.



              Then I checked on Family Search United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866

              and found two references to Hodson, John W. and Hodson, J.W. I realize they may not be the same person. I want to know what further documents these two two files reference. Of course, one may be the record above. But I if additional records exist, I want to get to them.






              MANY THANKS

            • Re: Seeking information about John Hodson
              Jason Atkinson Guide

              Dear Ms. Hines,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Papers Relating to Citizens, 1861 - 1867 and Confederate Manuscripts (documenting 1861-1865) in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109). We also located Reports of the Death and Internment of Civilians, 1862 - 1866 and Field Records of Hospitals, 1821 - 1912 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94). These records may have some information about J W Hodson. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


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              We can not be certain what “dangerous character” may have meant in this context, however during the Civil War, Federal military authorities were given broad powers to detain suspicious individuals whom they deemed as being potentially acting against their interests.


              We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!