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The Treason Trial of William Ives
Posted by: Ken Ives (ID *****8781) Date: June 18, 2012 at 18:00:43
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There's an article in the spring edition of the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine that Ives researchers may find interesting. It is titled "All for a Sword: The Military Treason Trial of Sarah Hutchins". You can find the article on line at: http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2012/spring/sword.html

While the article focuses on the treason trial of Sarah Hutchins, a Baltimore woman, near the end of the Civil War, it also discusses briefly the closely-related treason trial of William Ives, a New York stock broker. This was William Jay Ives, b. abt 1833, son of Ansel Wilmot Ives. Though he was from New York, his family straddled the line during the war. His brother, Joseph, was a Colonel in the Confederate army, and an aide to Confederate president Jeff Davis. He had another brother, Leonard, also in the Confederate army, who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg. A third brother, David, served in the Union army. And finally, his brother Malcolm Ives was a war correspondent for the New York Herald, who was at one point charged with spying and imprisoned for several months, then released without a trial.

One warning...there is at least one inaccuracy in the article. The article mentions William's "brother", Walter C. Ives, a Lieutenant in the 61st Virginia Infantry. While Walter was indeed an officer in the 61st Virginia, the two men were in fact not related.


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