War of the Rebellion: Serial 114 Page 0395 EARLY EVENTS IN MISSOURI, ETC.

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Question. What time was the first burning of the bridge?

Answer. It was in oat harvest.

Question. Was it Greene's force was present at the first

burning?

Answer. I was not there.

Question. Do you know whether Doctor Foster was with Greene at that time as a surgeon?

Answer. I don't know. I had not seen the doctor since he left home until about that time.

Question. Have you ever taken the oath of allegiance to the United States?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. Have you since the pendency of this rebellion?

Answer. No, sir.

Question. Have you not expressed an unwillingness to do so?

Answer. I have told them whether it was necesaary I would take it and when not I would not be willing to do it.

Question. That is rather indefinite. Will you state what you consider to be such a necessity?

Answer. I should be bound to if ordered by the United States Government.

Question. As a citizen you would be unwilling to take such an

oath?

Answer. I don't see the necessity of taking it. I would not take it willingly.

Question. Willingly then you would not swear allegiance to the United States?

Answer. No, sir.

Question. You would take the oath if compelled. Would you consider such an oath binding upon your conscience?

Answer. I should not. I should look upon it as if you forced me to sign a bond or if you forces me to sign a note in favor of Doctor Foster.

By the COURT:

Question. You do not consider yourself a very loyal citizen?

Answer. I don't know. I consider myself a strong Union man - not in one sense; but I am strong for the Government in one sence - as strong as any gentleman who has a seat at that table. I would like to see the Government restored.

PRESTON T. WORTHINGTON, citizen, a witness on the part of the prosecution was duly sworn.

By the JUDGE - ADVOCATE:

Question. Where do you reside?

Answer. Near Hannibal, Mo.

Question. Are you acquainted with Doctor Foster?

Answer. Not intimately; I have seen him. I know him when I see him.

Question. Did you see him upon the occasion of the burning of the cars at Hunnewell or near there?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. State the circumstances.

Answer. The circumstances are these that the men came in and the cars were burned.