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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
"Reports of Outrages, Riots and Murders"

Franklin, Tenn.
July 9th, 1867
Andrews, G. T.
Affidavit before Esquire J. L. Burch, Justice of the Peace, in regard to the riot at Franklin, Tenn. on Sat. July 6, 1867

As I was going home from this place on Saturday evening about seven o'clock I met a colored woman near Mr. Burch's residence. She seemed very much excited and alarmed, so much that it drew my attention and I asked her what was the matter. She said they were going to kill her master. I told her that the disturbance was all over and she need not be alarmed. She said they swore that they would take him out and kill him. I then asked who her master was. She said John House. She also said they had gone after guns to kill him. I passed on and was called by Mrs. Burch who asked if there was going to be a riot. I told her that I thought not, that all seemed quiet when I left town. I went on about a hundred yards and when near a little framed building on the corner of Mr. Campbell's land I saw a colored man whom I did not recognize coming up the little lane that intersects the road. At that point he was walking very fast and had a very short army gun in his hands. I wend on home and eat my supper before the firing.

Geo. T. Andrews

Sworn to and subscribed before me 9th July 1867
J. L. Burch, J. P.