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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"

Personally appeared before me this 22nd day of Novbr. 1866 John Dee, who having been duly sworn deposes as follows.

My name is John Dee, I live at Mitchellville, Tenn. In March 1864 Ben Raney living at Mitchellville, Tenn. with whom I was employed told me to light a fire. I did not start the moment he told me. He then said he would not hire me nor pay me. I then threw down my axe. He Raney then went into his house and got his gun and as I was walking towards the house he shot me, part of the discharge going into my arm, back and leg.

Doctor Walton attended me. Raney said he would do the same thing again if I ever refused to do anything.

(Sigd.) John (X) Dee

Sworn and subscribed before me this 22' day of November 1866.

Edward H. Lieb
Capt. 5th Cavy.
Bvt. Lt. Col.

(Sigd) Richd. Walsh
Capt. V. B. C. and
Chief Superintendent

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