War of the Rebellion: Serial 114 Page 0388 PRISONER OF WAR, ETC.

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Question. When did you join this band?

Answer. I joined it the day before.

Question. At Perche bridge?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. And you went with them fourteen miles to Sturgeon?

Answer. It was in the night. I don't know the distance.

Question. Where were you at the bridge - burning?

Answer. I was with the rear guard.

Question. How far from the bridge?

Answer. I could see the light; I don't know how far.

Question. How far were you from the bridge - burning at Long

Branch?

Answer. Something like a mile.

Question. You saw it burning?

Answer. I saw the light of the fire.

Question. Were you on guard that night?

Answer. I saw in the rear - guard company. We were behind the company.

Question. The soldiers or men were formed in a continuous line at the bridge - burning?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. How long have been in Price's army?

Answer. I joined Perkins in Randolph County, and was sent home with wounded men. I went home and was unable to get back. Until the time of the burning I thought we were going back.

Question. What fights were you in?

Answer. Fort Scott fight is the only one. I was left in bates County and stayed there four or five weeks. The man I was left with had his leg broken. I still belong to Price's army.

Question. You had knowledge that they were going to burn those bridges?

Answer. I had not when we met the officers who sworn us all that we were to meet rendezvous. The idea we got was that we were to start to Price. They had been talking of it for sometime; that was the talk. Privates know nothing at all about what was going on.

Question. After burning that Sturgeon bridge did you not know of the burning of Long Branch bridge?

Answer. No, sir; I did not know there was a bridge there.

Question. What did you say of the bridge - burning?

Answer. I don't know I said anything about it.

Question. Did you not condemn it?

Answer. I think as well as I can recollect all of us were talking as soldiers generally are and I marely remarked that it was something I did not approve of. I had nothing to say about it much. I had been raised to never to anything that was dishonest.

Question. Why did you not leave if you thought if wrong?

Answer. I went on to stop in camp.

Question. Did you not voluntarily go to the burning of Long Branch bridge?

Answer. We were in company.