My partner could not come out, but I came out. They ordered me to come to them.
I started after one of them, begging him at the same time not to shoot me. I went, I suppose, eight or ten steps, when he shot me. I fell there, and saw but little more after that.
As I was lying with my face toward the river I saw some swimming and drowning in the river, and I saw them shoot some in the river after that.
Question. To what company and regiment do you belong?
Answer. Company A, Thirteenth Tennessee cavalry.
Question. Where you in the fight at Fort Pillow
Answer. Yes, sir; from six o'clock in the morning until about four o'clock in the evening.
Question. State what took place after the Fort
was taken by the rebels.
Answer. There were a great many white men shot down, and a great many negroes.
Question. That you saw?
Answer. That I saw myself.
Question. Were you wounded there?
Answer. Yes, sir.
Question. At what time?
Answer. After four o'clock; after we gave up.
Question. How came they to shoot you after you had surrendered?
Answer. I can't tell; it was about like shooting the balance of them.
Question. Do you know who shot you?
Answer. It was a white man. He shot me with a musket loaded with a musket-ball and three buck-shot.
Question. Did you have any arms in your hands when you were shot?
Answer. No, sir.
Question. Did the one who shot you say any thing to you?
Answer. I was lying down.
He said: “Hand me up your money, you damned son of a bitch.”
I only had four bits--two bits in silver and two in paper.
I handed it up to him. He said he had damned nigh a notion to hit me in the head on account of staying there and fighting with the niggers.
He heard a rally about the bank and went down there.
They were shooting and throwing them in the river.
A part of that night and the next morning they were burning houses, and burying the dead, and stealing goods.
The next morning they commenced on the negroes again, and killed all they came across, as far as I could see. I saw them kill eight or ten of them the next morning.
Question. Do you know whether any wounded soldiers were burned in any of those buildings?
Answer. I do not. I was not in any of the shanties after they were fired.
Question. Did you see them bury any of the dead?
Answer. No, sir; I was lying outside of the Fort
Question. Did they bury the white
together, as you understood?
Answer. Yes, sir; they were burying pretty much all night.
Question. How many whites and blacks do you suppose were killed after they had surrendered?
Answer. I had a mighty poor chance of finding out. But I don't think they killed less than fifty or sixty, probably more; I cannot say how many.
It was an awful time, I know.
Question. How many did you see killed?
Answer. I saw them kill three white men and seven negroes the next morning.
Question. Did you see them shoot any white men the day after the fight?
Answer. No, sir. I saw one of them shoot a black fellow in the head with three buck-shot and a musket-ball.
The man held up his head, and then the fellow took his pistol and fired that at his head.
The black man still moved, and then the fellow took his sabre and stuck it in the hole in the negro's head and jammed it way down, and said: “Now.
God damn you, die!”
The negro did not say any thing, but he moved, and the fellow took his carbine and beat his head soft with it. That was the next morning after the fight.
Question. Were you in the fight at Fort Pillow
Answer. Yes, sir.
Question. What is your rank and position?
Answer. I am a First Lieutenant
and Adjutant of the Thirteenth Tennessee cavalry.
A short time previous to the fight I was Post-Adjutant at Fort Pillow
, and during most of the engagement I was acting as Post-Adjutant.
After Major Booth
was killed, Major Bradford
was in command.
The pickets were driven in just before sunrise, which was the first intimation we had that the enemy were approaching.
I repaired to the Fort
, and found that Major Booth
was shelling the rebels as they came up toward the outer intrenchments.
They kept up a steady fire by sharp-shooters behind trees and logs and high knolls.
thought at one time they were planting some artillery, or looking for places to plant it. They began to draw nearer and nearer, up to the time our men were all drawn into the Fort
Two companies of the Thirteenth Tennessee cavalry were ordered out as sharp-shooters, but were finally ordered in. We were pressed on all sides.
I think Major Booth
fell not later than nine o'clock. His Adjutant, who was then Acting Post Adjutant, fell near the same time.
then took the command, and I acted as Post-Adjutant.
Previous to this, Major Booth
had ordered some buildings in front of the Fort
to be destroyed, as the enemy's sharp-shooters were