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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
Description: This is the affidavit taken in Randolph County, Georgia on September 28, 1868 from Lochran Hunter, an eyewitness to the Camilla Riot and a twenty-five-year-old laborer in the employment of Robert Bacon of Mitchell County. Hunter states that although word of the violent intent on the part of the Camilla, Georgia townspeople towards the Republicans and freedmen who planned to hold a political rally in their town on September 19, 1868 was sent to his employer by Eppa Lawson, Hunter did not receive it in time and went to Camilla that day carrying a pistol, though no one had told him to do so. He states that it was James Johns who fired the first shots at the bandwagon and that those shots were followed by the shots of another white man before general firing began. Hunter escaped with other freedmen to the woods. In closing, he says that Republican party candidate for elector John Murphy and Republican congressional candidate Willaim P. Pierce told the procession prior to entering the town "to behave well, be quiet make no noise, go in orderly and shoot no guns."

Document ID: cam040.

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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Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/zlcu/id:cam040

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