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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"

Affidavit Lewis Powell (colored) regarding the murder of his wife on the 12" of August 68 at his house in Hickman, Tenn.

State of Tennessee
Davidson County

Personally appeared before me Lewis Powell (colored) who being duly sworn deposes and says as follows.

That he lives in the 4th District - Hickman County, State of Tennessee and that on the 12th inst. about 5 o'clock a.m. six mounted men appeared in front of his house and demanded feed for their horses and on being informed by his wife that she had no feed they requested to be furnished with something to eat for themselves, that he then left the house for fear of getting into difficulty with these men and did not return to the same until he heard several shots fired and that on arriving at his house he found his wife lying dead on the floor that two balls penetrated her lungs.

That his three daughters aged respectively 21, 18 and 14 years who were present when the murder was committed, told him that it was the avowed intention of the murderers to kill every nigger on the place before daylight and that no damned Union League niggers should rule the County.

Lewis (X) Powell

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17" day of August 1868.
W. H. Bower
Lieut. 45" USA
A. A. A. Genl. B. R. F. & A. L.
State of Tenn.