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ties. At one o'clock Thursday morning, the 5th instant, a party of disguised men visited the town of Union, took five men to the woods and shot them, killing three. I would attempt the suppression of this violence by the State militia, and am only deterred by the knowledge that their inefficiency in drill, &c., would necessarily fail in accomplishing any good, and that their presence would be a signal for a general uprising and slaughter of those not in sympathy with the marauders. I am satisfied that a large portion of these turbulent men are from North Carolina. As an example of these outrages I inclose you an extract from a letter written by a man who has been a proninent leader of the republican party in Union County :
“I would have written you sooner, but the opportunity was not good, as I have not slept in my house since I came home from Columbia, and I know many others who have not. The Ku-Klux have been through my house since I came home, and came the second time but did not enter."
I hope, therefore, general, that you will feel disposed to send troops to those counties with a view of having them remain there for a length of time, or at least until confidence and quiet are reëstablished. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, &c.,
R. K. SCOTT,
Gorernor. General ALFRED H. TERRY,
Commanding Department of the South, Atlanta, Georgia.
OLIVE BRANCH, CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO,
January 16, 1871. SIR: I take the privilege of writing a few lines for the purpose of laying before your majesty the wrongs and outrages that have been committed on the person and property of Timothy Smith, formerly of Hawsville, Hancock County, Kentucky, by the citizens of that place. a naturalized Englishman; he took the oath of allegiance when he came to this country to support this Government, and to abide by its laws, and not to take up arms against it, and because he was true to his oath and the Government, he was made to endure all of these outrages; he was robbed of everything they could take away; his wife knocked down; the money taken out of his pocket, and he taken out of bed to be hung for voting for Mr. Lincoln, and his life threatened, and a thousand other outrages too tedious to mention. Years before the war they took a child from him and sent her up to Pittsburg and put her in the poor-house, for there she was destitute, and he has never seen her since, and he proved at the time she was well taken care of and well provided for, and they made him pay all the expenses. They took every dust of flour and meal out of the house; even his dinner out of the pot; and now they have driven him from his home that he has worked hard for, and destroyed it, so he can neither live there nor go to it. They would take his life if he was even to go over there to see it. He has been and applied at every place in Kentucky where he thought he could get redress for his wrongs, but all to no avail, for all the offices are filled with rebels, from the governor down to a constable, and all protect a thief and a cutthroat. Last summer he walked and begged his way to Washington City to lay his case before the Attorney General; he was not at home, but the clerk gave him a letter to the district attorney at Louisville; he went there but he would do nothing, and now he sees he can get neither justice nor protection he will go back to England and publish the wrongs and outrages he has met with in all the public journals and speeches throughout England, and swear his life against the United States, and lay a damage of not less than a hundred thousand dollars; but I beg and implore of you as the President of the United States, who promised protection to all citizens of the United States, to put and see that the laws in Kentucky are put in force, and to give him some authority and a few words to know that he can still be protected. There has been several letters wrote to you on this subject but no answer received, but I hope this will meet with better success. Please to address a few lines to Mr. Timothy Smith, Olive Branch, Clermont County, Ohio.
I beg and implore you to do something for this man, and you will ever receive the thanks, blessing, and praise of his devoted wife. Your very humble servant,
M. A. SMITH. U. S. GRANT,
President of the United States. P. S.-Write back immediately or send some dispatch, so that we may know that our petition is granted.
an application from R. L. ill. Camilen for military protection for employés
of an association engaged in gold mining in South Carolina.
JANUARY 31, 1571.-Referred to the Select Committee to Investigate Alleged Outrages
in the South and ordered to be printed.
, The Secretary of War has the lionor to submit to tlie Senate of the United States an application from R. L. M. Camden, of Philadelphia, for military protection for the employés of an association engaged in gold-mining in York County, South Carolina, against the outrages of the so-called Ku-Klux Klan, and to invite attention to the remarks of the General of the Army thereupon.
WM. W. BELKNAP,
Secretary of War.
326 WALNUT STREET,
Philadelphia, January 23, 1871. GENERAL: With some other parties the writer is engaged in gold mining in York County, South Carolina, and from the report of our agent, Dr. Wm. H. Walling, just received, we are very much alarmed for the safety of his life. He says the so-called Ku-Klux Klan is riding over that and Union County, whipping negroes, threatening people with death, and killing whoever oppose them. Especially do they vent their wrath on the “damn Yankees ;” and as our agent belongs to this hated race, we fear he will be murdered. We would say that our agent is favorably spoken of by all who know him, and he has never mediled with the politics or local affairs of the counties named.
What are we to do? Can we have no protection for our lives or property? We ask your advice and action, and are, Respectfully, yours,
R. L. M. CAMDEN,
For the Company. General War. W. BELKNAP,
Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.
January 25, 1871. Respectfully referred to the General of the Army, by the Secretary of War, for proper attention and action.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, D. C., January 26, 1871. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.
Our Army is now too small for us to undertake to protect individual men or interests; and I would advise that this and all similar papers be referred to the congressional committee engaged in investigating "outrages in the South," that some general and adequate remedy may be devised.
W. T. SHERMAN,