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Affidavit of John Davis: Albany, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 26

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Creator: Howard, O. H.
Title: Affidavit of John Davis: Albany, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 26
Date: 1868 Sept. 26
Description: Freedman John Davis gives his account of the Camilla Riot and events surrounding it to Freedman's Bureau subassistant commissioner O.H. Howard in this affidavit taken at Howard's office in Albany, Georgia, September 26, 1868. The riot occurred in Camilla, Georgia on Saturday, September 19,1868 when Republicans together with freedmen came to the town to hold a political rally and were met with violent opposition from the townspeople. On September 17, Davis says that he overheard a Dr. Tinsley saying, "I am going to pay out $15.00 to get my men hot with whiskey and gun powder to start the fight when the speaking comes on at Camilla." Davis proceeded with the band into Camilla on that Saturday and witnessed the first shots fired. In a moment, according to Davis' account, the freedmen were in "full flight." Davis saw the white men pursuing on horseback. In the aftermath of the riot, Davis notes that a freedman, Daniel Childs, was killed in his bed by two white men for attending the rally and that another freedman named Wilson was badly beaten for the same reason.

Document ID: cam025.

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 | African Americans--Georgia--History--19th century | African Americans--Georgia--Social conditions--To 1964 | Freedmen--Georgia--Political activity | Freedmen--Georgia--Violence against | Freedmen--Georgia--Personal narratives | Reconstruction--Georgia | Political violence--Georgia--Camilla | Mitchell County (Ga.)--Race relations | Mitchell County (Ga.)--Politics and government | Davis, John, fl. 1868 | 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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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