Answer. I do not know why, unless it was thought that he would not attack us. I think it was supposed that he was going to make an attack on Memphis
By Mr. Gooch
Question. What do you estimate Forrest
's force to have been?
Answer. From all I could see and learn, I should suppose he had from seven thousand to ten thousand men.
Question. Is there any thing further you desire to state?
Answer. I heard some of the rebels talking during the night after the fight.
They said we ought to have surrendered when we had the opportunity, but that they supposed the Yankees
were afraid the colored troops would not be treated as prisoners of war; and they intimated that they would not be; and said it was bad enough to give to the “home-made Yankees” --meaning the Tennessee
soldiers — treatment as soldiers, without treating the negroes so too.
On the morning of the fight there was so much hurry and confusion that our flag was not raised for a time; we had been firing away an hour before I happened to notice that our flag was not up. I ordered it to be raised immediately, and our troops set up vociferous cheers, especially the colored troops, who entered into the fight with great energy and spirit.
Question. How many officers of your regiment were left alive?
Answer. Only two, immediately after the surrender, that I know of. We had ten officers in our regiment, and eight were in the battle, only two of whom remained alive.
Question. Were those who were killed, killed before or after the Fort
Answer. I don't know of but one who was killed before we were driven from the Fort
Question. Was Captain Potter
, who is now lying here unable to speak, shot before or after the surrender?
Answer. He was shot in the early part of the engagement.
I have been told that Major Bradford
was afterward taken out by the rebels and shot; that seems to be the general impression, and I presume it was so.
Question. To what company and regiment do you belong?
Answer. Company C, Thirteenth Tennessee cavalry.
Question. Were you at Fort Pillow
at the fight there?
Answer. Yes, sir.
Question. Who commanded your regiment?
Answer. Major Bradford
commanded the regiment, and Lieutenant Logan
commanded our company.
Question. By what troops was the Fort
was in command.
I saw him.
Question. Did you know Forrest
Answer. I saw him there, and they all said it was Forrest
Their own men said so.
Question. By what troops was the charge made?