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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"

Before me personally appeared this day, George Bunton, and having been duly sworn deposes and says.

My name is George Bunton. I live on Mr. Herman Wright's farm on the Springfield and Franklin road, about 7 miles from Franklin.

I saw three men, Bob Hester, George Martin and Price on the road near Tom Graves, beside the Still house.

They had Irvin Powell with them, they had him hid, and had holes in his head that they made with their pistols, beating him, they brought him along the road, this side of Finks Store, and then shot him. They shot him four times, and left him lying on the road. I was just behind them in the road and saw them.

They then went back again to town.

They held me for some time before they shot Powell. George Martin told me to leave, or if not Price and Hester would shoot me when they came back from Mr. Murray's where they had gone after a black man named John Beasley, he was not at home, so they did not get him. They said they had been after him a couple of times. I ran home then.

(sig'd) George (X) Bunton

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 26th day of November 1866

(sgd) Michl. Walsh
Capt. V. B. C. & Chf. Supt.
Nashville Sub-Dist.

Witness O. M. Hamilton

Official S. W. Groesbeck
Lieut. & A. A. A. Genl.