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Affidavit of Lochran Hunter: Randolph County, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 28

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Title: Affidavit of Lochran Hunter: Randolph County, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 28
Date: 1868 Sept. 28
Description: Lochran Hunter, a twenty-three-year-old who works in Mitchell County, gives this affidavit in Randolph County, Georgia on September 28, 1868. Hunter states that as early as Thursday, September 17, 1868, his employer, Robert Bacon, had warned him not to go into Camilla on the coming Saturday, September 19, 1868, because Bacon anticipated there would be violence there. In what came to be known as the Camilla Massacre or the Camilla Riot, Republicans and freedmen who gathered for a politcal rally and the townspeople who opposed them clashed in front of the Mitchell County courthouse that day. Though Hunter carried a pistol, he had been instructed by Republican leaders John Murphy and William P. Pierce to "shoot no guns," and he, like most of the freedmen who were, in any case unprepared to shoot back, followed those instructions when the townspeople began firing at the crowd. After the firing began Hunter escaped into the nearby woods, and though he was pursued for a short distance, he made it home safely by around midnight Saturday night.

Document ID: cam034.

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 | Hunter, Lochran | 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