Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Alabama
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1870
National Archives Publication M809 Roll 23
List of Murders in the Dist. of Alabama 1866
- Freedman killed in Sumter County, January.
- Freedman killed in Russell County, February.
- Freedman killed near West Point, March.
- Freedman killed with an axe in Butler County. Three freedmen killed by two brothers in Shelby County, April.
- Freedman killed in Montgomery County, April. Freedman & freedwoman killed, thrown into a well in Jefferson Co., April.
- Freedman killed for refusing to sign a contract, Sumter Co., May. Freedman killed in Butler Co., clubbed, April.
- Freedman found hung by a grapevine in woods near Tuscaloosa, May.
- Freed girl beaten to death by two white men near Tuscaloosa, July.
- Freedman murdered between Danville & Somerville.
- Freedman shot dead while at his usual work, near Tuscaloosa, Sept.
- Freedman killed in Pike County, Sept.
- Negro murdered near Claiborne, Alabama, June.
- Freedman brought to hospital in Montgomery, shot through the head by unknown parties - died in few hours, Dec.
- Freedman murdered in Montgomery City, Jan. '67.
District of Alabama, 1866
Jan. 4 - Bob Foreman cut at Union Springs.
Jan. 2 - Alfred killed in Sumter County.
Febry. 14 - Richard killed in Russell County near Columbus, Ga.
March - Freedman killed near West Point.
March - Bradley killed freedwoman with an axe. Montgy.
March - Guard fired on & driven off when attempting to arrest the murderer, Butler Co.
April 3 - Woman taken by three men out of her house in middle of night to swamp & badly whipped - beaten on head with pistol &c.
April - Freedman killed near Saw Mill near Montgomery.
April 27 - Freedman shot by Confed. Soldier wantonly near Livingston, Sumter Co.
May 7 - Moore taken to woods & hung till nearly dead to make him tell who robbed a store, at Tuscaloosa.
May 29 - Colored man killed by Lucian Jones for refusing to sign contract, in upper part of Sumter Co.
May 30 - Mulatto hung by grapevine near roadside between Tuscaloosa & Greensboro.
May 29 - Richard Dick's wife beaten with club by her employer. Richard remonstrated - in the night was taken from his house and whipped nearly to death with a buggy trace by son of the employer & two others.
June 16 - Mr. Alexander, colored preacher, brutally beaten & forced to leave his house at Auburn, Ala.
July - Band armed men came to house of Eliz. Adams, threatened to kill her & her sister if they did not leave the county, abused & beat them. (illegible) Franklin & (illegible) started to report outrage, not heard from afterward.
July 16 - Black girl beaten to death by Washington and Greene McKinney, 18 miles west of Tuscaloosa.
July 23 - White man named Cook murdered a Negro between Danville & Somerville.
Sept. 14 - Black man picking fodder in a field shot dead -- & another who had difficulty with a white man abducted & supposed to have been murdered near Tuscaloosa.
Sept. 3 - Murderous assault upon returned black Union soldier in Blount Co.
Sept. 12 - Assault & firing upon a freedman in Greenville.
Dec. 18 - R. S. Lee of Butler Co. brutally assaulted a freedwoman of Sumner.
Dec. 18 - Same man assaulted with intent to kill Peter Golston, freedman.
Dec. 18 - Wm. Lee, son of above shot Morris Golston on 10th December.
Dec. 17 - Enoch Hicks & party burned school house in Greenville in Sumner - assaulted Union soldier &c. Judge Bragg & son mercilessly beat wife & daughter of James, freedman & drew pistol on James. Kell Forrest beat wife of colored man George.
July 16 - Mrs. Prus beat Eve & her children. Henry Calloway beat freedwoman Nancy with buck, wounding her severely in the head. J. Howard & nephew beat & shot at Frank. Jno. Black attempted to kill Jim Sneethen with an axe. Jack McLeonard whipped his freedwoman mercilessly. Lee Davidson tied freedwoman up by wrists & beat her severely. Frank Pinkston cutting freedman Alfred with knife. Louisa's husband murdered by unknown white man.
July 26 - Jno. Dunn beat freedwoman severely - trial a farce. Jas. Pryor, 8 miles from Greenville, assaulted freedman & committed outrage on a freedwoman.
July 18 - One Yerby set fire to colored chc. Near Tuscaloosa, threatened to kill black man who saw him do it.
June - Negro murdered by one Humphreys residing near Claiborne, Ala. Miss. J. B. Peck, Wetumpka, reports outrages on a family of freedmen by one Jennings.
August - Gang of ruffians in Clarke Co. set fire to house & fired on family as they ran from it - one killed, two wounded.
February 1866 - Freedwoman beaten with club by her employer near Selma, head cut in most shocking manner.
June 1866 - Freedman shot while at his usual work by his employer for threatening to report his abusive conduct to the authorities of the Bureau - Mobile.
June 1866 - Freedwoman severely burned by a Policeman while in the guard house - Montgomery.
July 1866 - Demopolis, colored boy 13 years old struck violent blow in eye with club in hand of his employer.
Sept. 1866 - Demopolis, freedwoman wounded in arms, head by heavy club in hands of her employer.
Sept. 1866 - Freedwoman wounded in hand by violence from her employer Wm. Robinson.
Sept. 1866 - James Thompson, frme., severe wounds on breast & side by knife in hands Dormer Thomas.
December 1866 - Freedman killed by parties unknown, brought to hospital in dying condition, shot through
January 25 - Freedwoman stabbed by Ballard six miles below Montgomery.