[Wadsworth had been appointed military governor of the District of Columbia on 15 March 1862.]
[See Pentland's testimony in Brewster's court-martial.]
HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
August 8, 1862
Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, Alexandria:
You do not belong to the Army of Virginia and will not make arrests except under orders heretofore or hereafter from these headquarters.
The persons you refer to will be released if arrested simply for refusing to take the oath of allegiance.
[JAMES S. WADSWORTH]
[Official Records series 2 volume 4 page 361]