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

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Type: Affidavits | Text
Creator: Howard, O. H.
Title: Affidavit of William Jones: Dougherty County, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 28
Date: 1868 Sept. 28
Description: 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.

Document ID: cam036.

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: Johns, James, fl. 1868 | 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 | Jones, William, 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:cam036

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