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Answer—To the officers and soldiers who came to the room'we were in.
Question by Mr. MORGAN-
Answer—Some of them said we should have a trial as soon as the rest were brought down.
Question by Mr. BAKER
Was there any cheering in the house at the time the draft-box was mashed?
Answer—I do not think there was any.
Answer-I had not.
Was there any disturbance, or attempt at disturbance, with the exception of that of Williams?
Answer-There was none that I know of.
WILLIAM ARMSTRONG SWORN.
Examined by Mr. ShoAFF
Answer—My name is William Armstrong. I am nearly sixtythree years of age. I reside in Blackford county, and have resided there nearly nine years. My family at home now consists of myself and wife only.
I was arrested on the day of the election, by a file of three soldiers, under the command of Captain Stretch, of Grant county, and brought to this city, where I was placed in the Bastile of the Post Office. At the same time John Miller, Daniel Watson, Thomas Longfellow, John Vanhorn, John Daugherty, Thomas Daugherty, Jacob Clapper, Henry Snider, Gilbert Townsend, jr., William T. Schull, and Bluford Mills, were also arrested and brought down with me. We remained in prison a little over four weeks, except Snider and Clapper, who were released the next morning after our arrival in this city. We had no trial, no examination. John, Colonel Rose's porter, announced to us the fact that we were discharged. Our treatment while in prison was very bad, the food furnished us was not fit to eat; the meat was tainted and smelled badly; the bed clothing was wholly insufficient, and the room unheated. I was taken sick in prison from the cold and exposure, and have been sick since my return home, in consequence. My hearing and sight have both been affected by it. My right ear is now entirely deaf. For two months after I returned home I was under the treatment of a physician for disease contracted in prison. I know of no charges made against me. Those who arrested me replied to my inquiries as to the cause of my arrest, that they did not know. I am a full-blooded Democrat; voted that ticket for about forty years; never voted any other ticket, and never intend to. While here, we employed Colonel Steele as our attorney, to assist in procuring our release. He informed me that he had seen the affidavits; that there was nothing against me; but that he could not get me released. All of us, but Mr. Schull, were confined in the same room for a portion of the time. After about three weeks I was very well treated, but the rest were not.
THOMAS DAUGHERTY SWORN.
Examined by Mr. BROWN
Answer—My name is Thomas Daugherty. I am twenty years of age. I have no family. I reside in Blackford county, and have resided there for about fourteen years. I am a farmer by occupation. I was arrested at Hartford City, on the day before the election in October last, by Captain Stretch and a file of cavalry, and conveyed to the Bastile, in Indianapolis, in company with John Daugherty, William Armstrong, John Miller, John Vanhorn, Daniel Watson, Thomas Longfellow, Bluford Mills, Jacob Clapper and Henry Snider. We arrived in this city on the evening of the 17th of October. While in prison we insisted upon a trial and examination, but failed to obtain one. As to our treatment while in prison here, I have heard read the testimony of Mr. Armstrong,
and I concur in his statements. We paid our own expenses home. I contracted disease from my confinement, and returned home sick and was confined to my room for over four weeks, and have not done a day's work since then. There was altogether some seventeen or eighteen men from our county arrested and imprisoned here from Blackford county, in this matter. I know of no charges made against me-never saw any affidavit. Colonel Steele told me that he had seen the affidavits, but there was nothing against me. Politically, I am a Democrat.
Question by Mr. BAKER
Were you in the court house at the time the draft-box was mashed, and if so, how far distant from the draft-box.
Answer— Yes, sir; about six feet off, and saw Williams kick it, then pick it up and throw it on the floor.
Question by Mr. MORGAN
Had you any conversation with any one prior to the draft, in regard to resisting the draft?
Answer-No sir. The only man I heard say any thing was Williams, who said that he was enrolled in the wrong township, and that if they did not right it he would.
Question by Mr. FERRIS
Was you in the room from the time the preparations for the draft commenced until the box was mashed ?
Question by Mr. FERRIS• Was there at any time the least disposition to disturb the draft, except that shown by Williams?
Answer-Not that I know of.
JOHN M. VANHORN SWORN.
Examined by Mr. LASSELLE
Answer-My name is John M. Vanhorn; I am twenty-six yeasr of age; by occupation a farmer; reside in Blackford county, and have resided in that neighborhood for over fifteen years. I have a family-wife and one child.
I was arrested on the day before the last October election, at IIartford City, by Captain James A. Stretch, of Grant county. There were some four or five of us arrested at the same time. One of them asked him what we were arrested for, and he answered that we were arrested for “disloyalty.” Hearing this, I asked him no questions. On the 16th of October we were taken to Indianapolis, and there imprisoned in the Bastile of the Post Office Building, as I understood, under the charge of D. G. Rose, United States Marshal. I was confined in the Bastile about four weeks. As to our treatment while in prison, I entirely concur in the statements made in testimony by Mr. Armstrong. I was discharged without trial and without examination. Politically, I am a Democrat. I employed an attorney, and through him demanded a trial.
Question by Mr. MORGAN-
Had you ever, prior to the draft, any conversation about resisting it?
Answer-I had not.
Was there any cheerings or demonstrations of satisfaction when the box was destroyed? Answer—No, sir; there was not.
J. M. VANHORN.
JOHN McMANAMON SWORN. Examined by Mr. HANNA
Answer-My name is John McManamon. I am about forty-six or forty-seven years of age; my occupation is that of a farmer and a laborer. I have a family—a wife and five children. I reside in Hartford City, and have resided there for the past seven years.
I was arrested at my home on the night of the 8th of October last, by Colonel Browne and a file of seven soldiers, and was taken to the hotel, where Browne told me I had been arrested upon a charge of resisting the draft. From Hartford City I was taken to Indianapolis, in company with Messrs. Brickley, Taughinbaugh, Lyons, Tarr, and Garrett, and there imprisoned in the Post Office Building. I concur with the Blackford county witnesses, who have testified here as to our treatment on the road to this place, and while in durance here. I was imprisoned with those I have named as coming with me as prisoners, and received the same vile treatment while in prison.
I was present a part of the time while the drafting was going on, but did nothing to impede or resist its progress. The charge upon which I was arrested was false. I know of no organization, secret or other, in Blackford county or elsewhere, nor do I believe there was any such designed to resist the draft. . I was released after an imprisonment of about ten weeks. The manner of my discharge was this: The Deputy Marshall, Bigelow, I believe, came , to the cell door, and calling my name, told me to “go down." I passed down stairs, and seeing Colonel Steele, he informed me that I was discharged; and I left for home.
» My health was seriously impaired by the exposure and hardships of my arrest and confinement. Since I returned home, I have sometimes been confined to my room by illness contracted during this imprisonment. The clothes I had on, when arrested, were light, and no protection against the cold aad exposure of confinement, in an unheated, illy ventilated cell, where we had to sleep upon the floor, with none, or scant and insufficient covering.
I have stated that I was present at the draft. I should not have been there but for the fact that Isaac Goodin, the Drafting Commissioner, requested me to be there, as he desired to speak with me. - Goodin afterward said to me that he knew I was innocent; but Dr. Good, a leading and prominent Republican of that place, said that the trouble with me was, that I was too strong a party man. I am a Democrat. I requested a trial at Hartford City, and while in prison here. My application here was to the Deputy Marshal, personally. I had no trial.
Question by Mr. MORGAN-