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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

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"

Outrages Reported to Headquarters Bureau R. F. and A. Lands, La. As committed in the Fifth Sub-District during the months of August, September, and October 1868

Date of report Parish or Sub District On whom committed Nature of outrage Action of Civil Authorities and remarks
August 10 Catahaula 2 Freedmen Drowned Were accused of stealing, arrested afterward, found missing from confinement and it is rumored they were taken out and drowned at night.
August 10 Jackson Cyrus Macelus, c. Assault & battery By Elick Moore, cutting Macelus throat badly and threatening to shoot. Referred to civil authorities.
August 20 Jackson Freedmen Murdered Agent states some freedmen have already been killed and that personal demonstrations have been made against him.
August 27 Catahaula Joseph Johnson, c. Assault & battery By Wm. Jones, case tried, accused under bonds.
September 30 Ouachita and Jackson Wm. Bishop, Late A.F.A., c. Assault & highway robbery Between Vernon and Trenton, La., one man reported arrested charged as being accessory to the act.
September 30 Catahaula Moses Neville, c. Whipped and beaten Night of 7th inst. by four men. No action reported.
October 20 Ouachita and Jackson Mitchell, c. Murdered 14th inst. near Monroe by 3 disguised persons, no arrests made.
October 10 Catahaula 1 White man
2 Freedmen
Driven from Parish
These parties had been accused of theft, no action reported.
October 10 Catahaula Bureau agent Shooting Shot at twice evenings while sitting in his room.
October 10 Catahaula M. J. Lemmon, Late A.F.A., c. Life threatened & c. Mr. Lemmon certifies that he has rec'd letters signed K.K.K. telling him to leave Parish by Oct. 26 or he would be hung. States that his life and that of the Hon. O. H. Brewster are threatened. Gives names of party dropping one letter and probable order of same also the names of a body of armed men who visited his place as he supposes to put their threats in execution.
October 31st Caldwell Freed boy

Norment Nobles, c.
John Jackson, c.

Davis Adams, c.

Martin Carmell, c.

Dragged about 3 miles with rope about his neck


Lives threatened

Lives threatened

Lives threatened

The last 3 parties named make affidavit that they went with Sheriff to execute warrant in arresting the party committing outrages in first cases, that they were informed that they would be met by 50 armed men and killed and were told to turn back for their lives. State that some of the parties pursuing them were Frank Stevens, Danl. Wade, Frank Pain, and Chas. Legnosky, also that they have been told that many colored people have been and are being killed in Parish on a/c of political opinions &c.