Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Louisiana
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1869.
National Archives Microfilm Publication M1027 Roll 34
"Miscellaneous Reports and Lists Relating to Murders and Outrages Mar. 1867 - Nov. 1868"
Tangapoho August 20th 1865
Mary Stewart (colored) complains of Demarcus D. Day as follows:
I was employed by Thos. Day to labor until January 1866 for $6.00 per month to give me a dress and feed me; on the evening of the 19th of August 1865 D. D. Day came into my own yard and ordered me into my own house and said he was going to kill me. That we were all free niggers and that he was going to kill the damned free niggers. He cut me twice on my left arm with a long pocket knife; I got away from him, he caught me again and took me up in the white folks house, he then cut me once with his knife in the head; he then took me along the road towards his house and said he would keep me until morning. While on the way he said "now I am going to kill you" before morning and bury you. When we arrived at his mother's house she came out and begged him not to kill me, he became mad at her and struck me twice in the right arm. I then attempted to get away from him and succeeded but he made one stab with his knife which penetrated my side. He tore all the clothes from me.
Mary Stewart formerly owned by Thos. Day
Mrs. Nancy Rhody} Witnesses
Mrs. Nancy Day}
Caroline Lee servant of Mr. Fletcher}
These parties live about five miles and a half from Greensburg on the Liberty Road.
United States of America
The State of Louisiana
Parish of St. Helena
Know all men by these presents that we Demarcus D. Day as principal and M. M. Smith as security are held & firmly bound unto the United States of America in the full sum of Five Hundred Dollars lawful currency of the United States of America, the payment of which well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our assignors firmly and in solid Sept. 18, 1865.
Now the condition of the above bound are such that----
Whereas the above bound Demarcus D. Day has been arrested on the charge of assault & battery on one Mary Stewart with intent to kill and has been released on his bond to appear before the Asst. Supt. of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands at Amite Station, La. On Monday the 25th day of September A. D. 1865. Now therefore if the above bound Demarcus D. Day shall appear before the said Superintendent on the said Monday the 25th day of September A. D. 1865 and there remain until discharged in due course of law; then his bond to be null and void. Otherwise to be and remain in full force and effect.
(Signed) D. D. Day
M. M. Smith
Signed Edward Ehrlich
Lt. & Asst. Supt. for Freedmen &c &c.