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Affidavit of William P. Pierce: Dougherty County, 1868 Sept. 25

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Type: Affidavits | Text
Creator: Howard, O. H.
Title: Affidavit of William P. Pierce: Dougherty County, 1868 Sept. 25
Date: 1868 Sept. 25
Description: This is the affidavit given to Freedman's Bureau subassistant commissioner O.H. Howard by William P. Pierce, a Republican party congressional candidate from the Georgia district that included Camilla, following Pierce's experience in the outbreak of violence in that town. The violence erupted when Pierce, as one of the leaders of a group of Republicans and freedmen, came to Camilla to hold a political rally, and was met by townspeople who opposed the rally. Pierce's account includes a detailed description of the encounter between himself, the Republican party elector, John Murphy, and Sheriff Mumford S. Poore on the outskirts of Camilla just prior to the incident. Pierce describes the violence that ensued, and includes his own admission that he did not forsee the clash with the townspeople of Camilla. Pierce states finally that had he anticipated anything more than the usual trouble, he would not have gone ahead into Camilla but would have instead returned to Albany.

Document ID: cam014.

Digital image and transcription created by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001 of a photocopy held by DeSoto Trail Regional Library of an original record held by the National Archives.

Subjects: United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands | Republican Party (Ga.)--History--19th century | African Americans--Georgia--History--19th century | African Americans--Georgia--Social conditions--To 1964 | Freedmen--Georgia--Political activity | Freedmen--Georgia--Violence against | Reconstruction--Georgia | Political violence--Georgia--Camilla | Mitchell County (Ga.)--Race relations | Pierce, W. P. | Camilla (Ga.) | Mitchell County (Ga.)
Contributors: DeSoto Trail Regional Library System | United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Online Publisher: Athens, Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia, 2001
Rights and Usage: This work is the property of the University of Georgia Libraries. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

Cite as: [title of item], United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Records. National Archives and Records Administration, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia

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Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/zlcu/id:cam014

Related Institutions: DeSoto Trail Regional Library System
Digital Library of Georgia
United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Collection Information: Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868 : Reconstruction, Republicanism, and Race