Member Spotlight Found in Union Citizens File The National Archives Union Citizens File Location: Union Citizens FileAAyAyer, J WinslowPage 3
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J. Winslow Ayer asks for justice after saving Chicago

This is the first page of a file, both handwritten and printed, in which J. Winslow Ayer asks for justice, or at least acknowledgment of his role in exposing the Sons of Liberty plot to free the Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas and then burn Chicago. Since his fellow Chicagoans do not know of his undercover role, they consider him a traitor, a detective, or a spy. He has lost his job and is receiving threats. He appeals, not for himself, but for his family.

J. Winslow Ayer asks for justice after saving Chicago
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