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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869
National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34
"Reports of Outrages, Riots and Murders"

Franklin, Tenn.
July 8th, 1867
Davis, William
Affidavit before Esquire J. L. Burch, Justice of the Peace, in regard to the riot at Franklin, Tenn. on Mon. July 6, 1867

Personally appeared before me this 8th day of July 1867 William Davis and having been duly sworn deposes and says

My name is William Davis. I live about 2 miles from Franklin, Tenn. Was at the speaking and the procession at Franklin, Tenn. on July 6th, 1867. I was in the rear of the column as it marched down to the square. When passing Mr. House's corner I heard firing form that place - heard no shots from any other place. The colored men fired back after they had been fired on. The morning of the 7th inst. I met Mr. Mayberry as I was coming up the street with my hand in a sling from being wounded the night before. He said where was you. I said I was in the W. S. crowd. Then he said my damn throat ought to have been cut from ear to ear. Then I asked him what for. Then he said don't give my no more of your jaw. Then left him, after about an hour I met him again and he said that he was going to make a mob and kill every Radical nigger from the cradle up.

I had no arms nor do I know any of the parties who had.

William (x) Davis (col.)

Sworn to and subscribed before me 8th July 1867
(signed) J. L. Burch, J. P.