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Affidavit of William Jones: Dougherty County, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 28

author: Howard, O. H.
date: September 28, 1868
extent: 2p
summary: In this affidavit of William Jones, a forty-two-year-old freedman employed on Tinsley's plantation in Mitchell County, Georgia, taken in Dougherty County, Georgia on September 28, 1868 by Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioner O.H. Howard, Jones recounts his experience in the Camilla Riot. The Camilla Riot occurred when Republicans and freedmen came to Camilla, Georgia on Saturday, September 19, 1868, and were met with violent opposition from the townspeople. Jones recalls how he and another freedman, John Wesley, overheard the miller at Tinsley's mill, Mr. Hines, say that he did not think the townspeople would allow John Murphy, the Republican Party elector, to speak in Camilla. Nevertheless, Jones set out for Camilla to attend the rally, carrying his gun loaded with turkey shot, and was there to witness James Johns, an inebriated Camilla resident, firing the shots that began the riot, "plainly in the direction of the [band]wagon." Though Jones had his gun, he did not return fire, but instead fled, and was pursued until he escaped into the nearby woods.
repository: DeSoto Trail Regional Library (Camilla, Ga.)
collection: Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868

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[added text: 5X] Affidavit of William Jones, (Freedman)

Dougherty County [added text: }]

Personally came before me William Jones, [deleted text: 42 years ol] a colored man, who being duly sworn, deposes and [added text: [] says that he is 42 years old, that he was employed by Mr Tinsley in Mitchell [Mitchell] County, that he heard Mr Hines the miller at Tinsleys Mill say on Saturday morning that he would bet a good deal that Murphy would not [deleted text: go to] speak in Camilla that day, that the people would not let him do it and that he heard them say so, he thinks, that John Wesley cold [colored] [deleted text: [illegible text]] from Dr Tinsleys place was with him and heard the same. Deponent further states that he carried a gun to Camilla loaded but did never fire it, when in Camilla, the gun was loaded with turkey shot . Deponent saw James Johns fire the first shot at the band waggon [wagon] pointing his gun plainly [deleted text: and] in the direction of the [deleted text: w] that waggon [wagon] . After that general firing

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ensued and deponent run off and was followed by white men on horseback about 200 or 300 yards until he struck the woods.

William [added text: his] X [added text: mark] Jones
Sworn to & subscribed before me, this
Septbr [September] 28. 1868.

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