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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 day Patsey Duvall, who having been duly sworn deposes and says:

My name is Patsy Duvall, I live on Doctor Duvall's farm on Drakes Creek about 4 miles from Mitchellville, Tenn. Two men came to my house, it has been 5 months or so, or about the last week in June 1866. One of the men was Richard Pentlo, living about 10 miles from Mitchellville, Tenn., over Drakes Creek. He told me to light the candle. I then did so. He then asked if Jim Warren was in the house and commenced searching for him. He then left when he could not find him and said if he was reported he would come back and kill the last God damned nigger on the place.

I then heard him say to my husband that he must get his mule and come with him and if he led him into any stray place and did not carry him right through he would kill him first. I said to him that it would be a pity to kill Jim Warren from his children when he answered back saying that he would have his pistol and his God damned scalp also.

My husband and the two men then left the house and after having been gone about three hours they came back almost to our house when I heard the shots fired and Jim Warren was killed.

The man with Pentlo was Wallace Webb. Webb lives about 10 miles from Mitchellville. Pentlo came into the house and said he got Jim Warren's pistol and his scalp too, and that if he did not get connection with me, he would also kill my husband. I said I would not do it and that I thought he would not kill him (my husband) for I thought he had done enough. He had Jim Warren's pistol in his hand. They then left the house. I saw both Pentlo and Webb often since.

(Sigd) Patsey (X) Duvall

Sworn & subscribed to before me this 22nd day of November 1866.

Witness Edwd. H. Lieb.
Capt. 5th Cav.
Bvt. Lt. Col. USA

(Sigd) Michl. Walsh
Capt. V. R. C. &
Chief Superintendent

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