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Question by Mr. GREGORY-

Did you refuse to act as the Deputy of the Provost Marshal in making the draft in that county?

Answer-Yes sir; I did refuse to take any part in the drawing further than to stand by and see that it was legally done, as I have before stated.

Question by Mr. GREGORY_

State whether this Williams, who resisted the draft, was arrested for his conduct?,

Answer—Not to my knowledge.
Question by Mr. GREGORY-

Did you, as Sheriff, do any thing to cause said Williams to be arrested ?

Answer-I did not.
Question by Mr. GREGORY-
State why?

Answer-I had no warrant to do so, and beside this, I was arrested the second day after myself.

Question by Mr. GREGORY

State whether you caused or directed any one on the day of the difficulty to pursue and capture said Williams?

Answer-I did not.
Question by Mr. FERRIS

Was the Provost Marshal himself present at the time of the draft, and if so, did he order the arrest of said Williams?

Answer-He was present, but did not, to my knowledge, give such an order.

Question by Mr. FERRIS-
Why did you not arrest Williams?

Answer-I considered I had no legal right to do so. I was not acting as Provost Marshal, nor as his Deputy; did not see the draftbox broken, and had no lawful warrant to make an arrest.

Question by Mr. FERRIS

You have, in your testimony, alluded to your action in endeavoring to quiet Williams, who mashed the box. Now state what occasioned Williams' dissatisfaction? What did he say was the trouble?

Answer--He complained that he had been enrolled in the wrong township-a township he did not reside in. The township in which he alleged he should have been enrolled, was subject to a draft of only two men, while that in which he actually was enrolled

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required a draft of thirty-eight men. Williams statement as to his residence was correct, and the necessary change of his location was made prior to the attempt to execute the draft.



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Examined by Mr. LASSELLE

Answer—F. M. Taughinbaugh. I am in my thirty-third year; a farmer; my residence is in Blackford county. I have resided there, mainly, for eighteen years. I have a family—a wife and three children. .

I was arrested at midnight on the 9th of October last, at my own house, some ten miles and a half from Hartford City, by a file of eight soldiers, under the orders, as I understood, of Thomas Browne, of Winchester, in Randolph county. Upon my arrest, I demanded their authority and the cause for my arrest. This was refused. On the next morning they started with me for Indianapolis, where we arrived on the 11th of that month. At Indianapolis we were placed in the cells of the Post Office prison. I have heard read the statements of Mr. Brickley, before this Committee, and I corroborate his testimony as to our incarceration in prison, treatment, and final release, having been confined with him in the same room, and released in the same manner, and at the same time, and by the same person. The charge, as I learned after my arrival in this city, was, that I had participated, or aided and abetted, in resisting the draft at Hartford City. The charge was wholly false. I did nothing of the kind.

I knew of no secret organizations at the time, designed or intended to resist the draft, nor do I believe there was any. I saw the draft-box mashed, and saw but one man (Williams,) engaged in it. I saw the sheriff (Brickley) take Williams out of the room twice, and know that he used his efforts to prevent the mashing of the draft-box.

Question by Mr. FERRIS

State what, if any, efforts you made to procure a hearing in your case, or a release.

Answer-I asked the guards who had charge of us, when our trial was going off; and they said they knew nothing more about it than we did.

Question by Mr. SHOAFF

Did yoú, at any time, send a written communication to the Marshal, demanding a hearing ?

Answer—I did not.
Question by Mr. FERRIS-

Did you ever apply to any person having you in charge for the affidavits filed against you, and, if so, with what success?

Answer-We employed Judge Roache to do so; and he informed us that he could not get to see them.

Question by Mr. FERRIS

What was your treatment, by those who had you in custody, upon your arrival in this city?

Answer— They took us off the cars between guards stationed on each side; marched us through the streets to Camp McManamee, and circling around to the front of the Post Office, where we were detained for an hour and a half or two hours, subjected to the jeers of the bystanders, and then we were marched up into the cells.

Question by Mr. FERRIS-
To what political party do you belong?
Answer-I am a Democrat.
Question by Mr. FERRIS-
Do you know whether any affidavit was ever filed against you?

Answer—I do not. I was arrested, so far as I know, without any warrant.

Question by Mr. MORGAN

Was you in the court-house when they were preparing to make the draft, and if so, how far were you from the box?

Answer-I was in the house, about five feet from the box.
Question by Mr. MORGAN
Had you ever spoken to any person about resisting the draft?
Answer--Not to my recollection.
Question by Mr. MORGAN-
State what you heard Williams say about resisting the draft?
Answer-He said he was enrolled in the wrong township, and if

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he was drafted he would not stand by it, and the officer told him he would try and fix it all right.

Question by Mr. HOWARD
Had any drafting been done at the time the box was mashed?
Answer-No, sir.
Question by Mr. HOWARD
How many persons were present at the drafting?
Answer--I judge there were present about forty or fifty persons.
Question by Mr. HOWARD-
Was Williams drunk or sober?
Answer-I judged from his appearance that he was drunk.
Question by Mr. HOWARD-

State whether or not the box was instantly mashed, and so that no one could interfere to prevent it?

Answer-It was done so quick that I hardly knew it. I don't think any one could have interfered to prevent it.



Examined by Mr. LASSELLE-

Answer--My name is Elihu Lyon; I am twenty-nine years of age; by occupation a farmer. I reside in Blackford county, and have resided there over eleven years. I have a family--a wife.

I was arrested at my home, about ten miles east of Hartford City, after midnight of the 9th of October last, by a file of soldiers, taken to Hartford City, and from there to Indianapolis. From the time we left Hartford City, which was about 6 o'clock in the morning of the 10th of October, we were allowed nothing to eat until we arrived at Muncietown, at about 6 o'clock in the evening of the same day, when we were allowed a mere bite of bread and cheese. We received nothing else to eat until the next day at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. This was on Saturday, and on Sun

day, about noon, a light lunch was served up for us, and in the the evening a supper. During our entire confinement in the Bastile,

our meals were not only very irregularly served, but decidedly bad and unfit to eat, and often missed entirely. Our treatment in this


respect was decidedly mean and disgraceful. On our way to this city we were not permitted to converse with each other, or with any person.

The charge alleged against me, as I learned after my arrest, was. that I had aided in resisting the draft. The charge was wholly untrue. I never did any thing of the kind. I knew of no secret or other organization to resist the draft in Blackford county, or elsewhere, nor do I believe there was any.

I have heard read the statements of Messrs. Brickley, Taughinbaugh, and Tarr, and I fully corroborate their testimony as to our incarceration in the Post Office Bastile, our treatment while in custody, and our release, having been confined in the same cell, and released in the same manner, at the same time, and by the same person.

The cell in which we were confined, for the greater period of our imprisonment, was a room with an iron-grated door, no side windows, and a tight sky-light. Its entire ventillation was through the barred doors. The room is unhealthy and unfit for the confinement of persons.

I was in the court-room at the time the draft-box was mashed up, but did not participate in the exercises. Politically, I am a Democrat. I know of no Republican who was arrested. In common with those I have named, I frequently insisted upon an examination and trial, but we received none; and when discharged, it was without trial or examination of any kind whatever. During my confinement in prison I took the measles, and was discharged while sick of that disease. It is my belief that the disease was contracted by using bedclothes which had been used in the military hospital and brought from there to us. I do not know by whose authority I was arrested, but I understood it was by that of Colonel Thomas Browne, of Winchester.

Question by Mr. MORGAN-
Where were you when the draft-box'was mashed?

Answer-I was in the court room, some twenty-five or thirty feet from the box.

Question by Mr. MORGAN—
Did you ever make a written application for release ?
Answer--I did not.
Question by Mr. MORGAN-
In what way did you make applications for a trial ?

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