Crimes Committed by the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina

Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General (Main Series), 1871 – 1880
National Archives Microfilm Publication M666 Roll 1

“Statements, depositions, and other records submitted by Gov. William W. Holden relating to crimes of the Ku Klux Klan against citizens of North Carolina, 1869 – 1871″

List of Outrages in North Carolina and Mississippi

List of names of persons that have been maltreated in Lincoln County, North Carolina

Names of some of the persons who have been put to death in Alabama within the last 2 years by persons wearing the disguise of the Ku Klux Klan

Activities of the Klan in Roxboro, North Carolina

Activities of the Klan in Ashboro, North Carolina

Activities of the Klan in Wayne County, North Carolina

Activities of the Klan in Stokes County, North Carolina

Petition from Clement C. Curtis, James E. Boyd, Robt. Hanner, John R. Stockard, Jacob Michael, J. N. H. Clendennin, Henry Albright, Jas. H. Foust, D. D. Teague, A. J. Patterson, J. A. J. Patterson, John G. Albright, Christ. C. Curtis, S. A. Curtis, W. S. Bradshaw, and Jasper N. Wood dissolving their association with the Ku Klux Klan.

Affidavit of Wyatt Prince – “ . . . immediately the house was filled with men who gathered around him. I attempted escape, when one of the number exclaimed, “God damn him! Shoot him boys! Shoot him.” Whereupon they commenced shooting with pistols and wounded me in the right arm, left side, left thigh, and below my left knee.”

Affidavit of Vicey Boldin” . . . about three weeks ago, at night, a mob of some thirty or more white men came to her house, and arrested her husband, charging him with being a barn burner . . . ”

Affidavit of Cilla Norris – “ . . . she is well acquainted with some of the said Ku Klux. She is a witness against them, and they have notified her that she must leave the County & never return, and if she does they will kill her, that she is now a refugee from her lawful home and cannot return.”

Affidavit of F. W. Blanchard – “I was initiated as a member of the organization of White Brotherhood about two years ago. I was initiated by George Mebane; there were about six present, all in disguise save Younger.”

Case of alleged illegal retention of a colored boy by Captain R. E. Johnston, 1st Infantry (not Klan related but part of this series of papers)

Affidavit of William Quackenbush – “I joined an organization in December 1869 or January 1870 called Ku Klux or White Brotherhood. A party of disguised men came to my house and said they understood I wanted to see the Ku Klux; wanted to know what I wanted with them and finally persuaded me to join them.”

Affidavit of J. H. Hopkins – “I joined an organization called the White Brotherhood about two years ago at a place between John and William Newlins. I was taken there by William Stockard. I was persuaded into it by William Stockard, he asked me if I did not want to hunt the Ku Klux, I told him I would as soon go as not.”

Affidavit of W. S. Bradshaw -  “I went to Dr. A. Wilson and urged him to have this thing suppressed as I thought he had more influence than I had. I went to Capt. W. C. Johnston and urged the same, he said that some of the young men had persuaded him to join for the purposes of giving advice but then he had no influence with them and greatly hurt at their course.”

Affidavit of J. W. Simms – “About five months ago I was approached by Daniel Whitesell and told of a secret political organization which he recommended as a great thing and told me that I had better join it for my own protection and that of my father who is a member of the Republican Party.”

Affidavit of J. C. Whitesell – “I don’t now recollect all of the Oath, but we was told that if ever I revealed the secret I would be punished by the order of Camp.”

Affidavit of J. J. Younger – “I had a gown, but on reflection I destroyed it the day after the coffin was placed at this man’s door. I then thought the organization was wrong. The purposes of the organization as I understood them were being perverted. I had nothing further to do with it . . “