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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869.
National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34
"Affidavits Relating to Outrages Mar. 1866-August 1868"

State of Tennessee
Davidson County

Personally appeared before me Edwin G. Brown, Moses Tucker, Sam Harwell, and Taylor Bennett who being duly sworn depose and say as follows:

That they were residents of Giles County, State of Tennessee--- that on the night of the 30th of June 1868 the Ku Klux Klan came to their houses and threatened them with hanging and took Sam Harwell from his house and beat him for refusing to tell where another colored man was concealed. That they worked on shares on the farms of Thos. Harwell, Judge Willisford and William Webb, and that for fear their lives would be taken by the Ku Klux Klan they left their houses and came to Nashville for protection----That they were advised by their employers to take this course.

Edwin (X) Brown
Taylor (X) Bennett
Sam (X) Harwell
Moses (X) Tucker

Attest: Signed ?F. W. Walton

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of July 1868.

Jas. W. Gelray
Capt. 45th U. S. C. I.
Bvt. Lieut. Col. USA
Actg. Sub. Asst. Commr.