War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0581 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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PAUL CROSDEL being duly sworn says:

Question. What is your name?

Answer. Paul Crosdel.

Question. Are you a soldier in the Nineteenth Regiment?

Answer. I am; in Company E, Captain Bennett.

Question. Were you on duty as sentinel in camp yesterday a. m.?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. What was the number of your post?

Answer. Number 31.

Question. Do you know of a man having been shot in that part of the camp yesterday morning?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. Did the shooting occur while you were on duty?

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. Did you witness the transaction?

Answer. I did.

Question. Relate what you saw and heard.

Answer. Between the hours of 6 and 8 o'clock yesterday morning sentinel Numbers 30 and myself, being about five yards apart, were standing with our backs toward the prisoners. On turning around I saw a man in the act of committing a nuisance. I told him that we had strict orders not to permit that, that he must go to a sink. I heard sentinel Numbers 30 order him (the prisoner) away a number of times, but he still persisted in the act. Sentinel Numbers 30 threw a stone at the prisoner.

Question. After the stone was thrown did the prisoner leave?

Answer. No, sir; he sat there for about two minutes longer.

Question. What then happened?

Answer. Six or seven prisoners rushed to the scene, one in advance of the rest with a stick or bone in his hand. He talked angrily, but I could not understand all that he said. I told sentinel Numbers 30 if the prisoner made an attempt to force his beat to shoot him. I thought they meant to assault the sentinel. I heard the prisoner call the sentinel a damned son of a bitch. The prisoners kept advancing when sentinel Numbers 30 fired and the man with something in his hand fell.

Question. Were sentinel and prisoners facing each other?

Answr. Nearly so; the prisoner came up obliquely.

Question by Captain Chandler: Had insulting language been used by prisoners to sentinels near your beat during the night previous?

Answer. Yes, sir. Between the hours of 12 and 2 o'clock in the night I ordered several away from committing nuisane near my beat. They called me a damned son of a bitch and told me to kiss their arses.

Sergt. EBER B. HILL being sworn says:

Question. Were you a sergeant of the guard yes

Answer. Yes, sir.

Question. Do you know of a prisoner having been shot in camp yesterday morning?

Answer. I saw a man that it was said was hot, but did not witness the transaction.

Question. Near what post was the prisoner said to have been shot?

Answer. I think it was near post 30.