Mass. Man Returns Civil War Papers To Virginia

CBS Boston

WORTHINGTON, Mass. (AP) — The court document ordered tobacco farmer Robert Ashby Jr. to pay the local mercantile 3 pounds he owed, plus a fine of 79 pounds of tobacco.

It was dated 1753. And it was issued in Stafford, Va.

So how that document and another one dated some 20 years later ended up in an attic in South Worthington in 2005 was puzzling.

Dr. George Bresnick was digging through “the proverbial old trunk in the attic” at a neighbor’s South Worthington home when he stumbled across the documents.

“They had absolutely nothing to do with the other papers,” said Bresnick, an ophthalmologist who now resides in St. Paul, Minn. “I was confused for a while.”

After some research, Bresnick came up with the only reasonable explanation: They were stolen by Union forces from Western Massachusetts during the Civil War.

And now he plans to return them to where…

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