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Affidavit of John Bird: Dougherty County, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 21

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Type: Affidavits | Text
Creator: Howard, O. H.
Title: Affidavit of John Bird: Dougherty County, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 21
Date: 1868 Sept. 21
Description: In freedman John Bird's affidavit, taken by Freedman's Bureau subassistant commissioner O.H. Howard in Dougherty County, Georgia on September 21, 1868, Bird gives an account of a funeral he attended. The funeral was for freedman Jerry Davis, a victim of the Camilla Riot, an episode that occurred in the town of Camilla, Georgia on September 19, 1868, when Republicans and freedmen came to the town to hold a political rally and met with violent opposition from the townspeople. Davis's funeral was held on Sunday, September 20, at the plantation of John Cutliff. Bird states that at about 10 P.M. a group of approximately fifteen white men on horses arrived, threatening to kill freedman Chestly Hooper. According to Bird, the men were dissuaded from violence by Cutliff and left the scene without further incident.

Document ID: cam030.

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 | Davis, Jerry, fl. 1868--Death and burial | 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 | Bird, 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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Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/zlcu/id:cam030

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