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Affidavit of Lewis Davis: Albany, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 25

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Type: Affidavits | Text
Creator: Howard, O. H.
Title: Affidavit of Lewis Davis: Albany, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 25
Date: 1868 Sept. 25
Description: Lewis Davis, a twenty-five-year-old laborer, gives this affidavit in Albany, Georgia on September 25, 1868, to Freedman's Bureau subassistant commissioner O.H. Howard. Davis recounts the Camilla Riot, an outbreak of violence in Camilla, Georgia that occurred on September 19, 1868 when Republicans and freedmen who came to the town to hold a political rally met with opposition from the townspeople. When James Johns, an inebriated Camilla resident who Davis clearly recalls firing the shots that began the incident, and white men from surrounding stores joined in firing on the crowd, Davis, who had come to the rally to care for the mules accompanying the bandwagon, was shot in the arm. He escaped to the nearby woods along with other freedmen and hid in a tree until about 6 P.M., however, when he left his hiding spot and attempted to cross the road, he was assaulted by a group of white men who struck him on the head with a gun. Following the attack he hid in the swamp until Sunday morning when he was finally able to return home. In closing Davis says "that he never received instructions of any kind to carry arms to the meeting and that not over forty of the freedmen had guns and that these were nearly all loaded with bird shot."

Document ID: cam038.

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, Lewis, 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