Martin Hall, a Confederate veteran, was hauled before the bench of a Washington, D.C., judge in 1891, charged with being a vagrant and a suspicious character. He told the judge he had been in the city only two days, and he was on his way to the Confederate Soldiers’ Home in Richmond where he could be treated for consumption. The veteran begged for his freedom, saying if he was given a chance to see some Virginia Congressmen he could secure transportation to Richmond.
“Judge Miller suspended judgment and told Hall he would try to obtain transportation for him.”
(See The Critic (Washington, D.C.) February 23, 1891.)